In the Valley of the Shadow of Death? | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data
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May 2017
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London Mining Network is an alliance of human rights, development, environmental and solidarity groups working in support of communities around the world who are badly affected by mining companies based in, or financed from, London.

One such company is Antofagasta plc, one of the larger mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. The majority of its operations are in Chile. The most significant shareholders in Antofagasta are members of the Luksic family, a wealthy Chilean family which is also involved in a number of other businesses.

Antofagasta controls the Los Pelambres copper mine in north central Chile. This mine stores its tailings (fine wastes) in water contained by the El Mauro dam, the largest tailings dam in Latin America, which is situated above the small town of Caimanes.

London Mining Network has long been concerned about the potential danger posed by this dam and about the way that community concerns have been dealt with. This report sets these dangers and concerns in the broader context of mining in Chile, the influence of the Luksic family, and the close links between big business and the Chilean political establishment.

But we need to keep constantly in mind that the problems and shortcomings noted in this report are linked to London: London is the world's biggest centre for investment in the minerals industry, and the lack of oversight of mining companies raising funds in the city allows bad practices to continue.

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London Mining Network (LMN) is an alliance of human rights, development, environmental and solidarity groups.

We work for

  • human rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples and workers, and
  • sustainable development (development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in communities around the world affected by the activities of mining companies based in or funded from London

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Publisher(s): 

London Mining Network (LMN) is an alliance of human rights, development, environmental and solidarity groups.

We work for

  • human rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples and workers, and
  • sustainable development (development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in communities around the world affected by the activities of mining companies based in or funded from London

We do this by

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