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Save Dory’s Home

June 14, 2016 • Shreema Mehta

Later this week, the animated film Finding Dory will be in theaters, and I am excited to see it. But far less exciting are the threats that industrial mining poses to the real-life Dory's habitat.

The lovable Dory is a blue tang - a royal blue tropical fish that lives in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, where mining companies are dumping mine waste.

Media Releases

Waters of the World Threatened By Dumping of 180M Tonnes of Toxic Mine Waste

February 28, 2012 • Earthworks, MiningWatch Canada

Earthworks/MiningWatch Canada name endangered waters & companies responsible

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, Feb.  28 – Each year, mining companies dump more than 180 million tonnes of hazardous mine waste into rivers, lakes, and oceans worldwide, threatening vital bodies of water with toxic heavy metals and other chemicals poisonous to humans and wildlife, according to report released today by two leading mining reform groups.

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Troubled Waters – and no bridge to cross them

February 28, 2012 • Payal Sampat

The 313 million people who live in the United States send about 120 million tonnes of trash to landfills every year. That’s a lot of trash  - just think of all the photos you’ve seen of landfills overflowing with mountains of discarded refuse.

But that number pales in comparison with the amount of waste that mining corporations dump into oceans, rivers, and lakes around the world each year, which tops 180 million tonnes. These wastes can contain arsenic, lead, mercury, cyanide and over thirty other dangerous chemicals.

The staff at Earthworks and MiningWatch Canada have spent the past year investigating this egregious - and outdated – practice; we report our findings in a new study, Troubled Waters: How Mine Waste Dumping is Poisoning Our Ocean, Rivers and Lakes.

Publications

Troubled Waters

February 28, 2012 • EARTHWORKS and MiningWatch Canada

“Troubled Waters” summarizes the problems of submarine tailings disposal (STD) around the world, focusing on some of the areas most affected by this damaging practice.

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Media Releases

CONSUMERS SAY DUMPING MINE WASTE INTO LAKES IS DIRTY PRACTICE

July 13, 2006 • No Dirty Gold campaign, SEACC

Juneau and Washington, DC: More than 1,500 consumers sent letters to the World Gold Council (WGC) and Idaho-based Coeur D'Alene Mines Corporation this week urging them to protect clean water and not use rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans as dumps for mine waste.