Irving’s Environmental Crimes

In 2016, the Irving Pulp and Paper company was charged with several violations of the Canadian Fisheries Act. As their trial approaches, the history of Irving’s interactions with the government and the public in regards to their environmental impact are being brought into question; most notably concerning their actions over the past two years. Due …

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Pandemonium in Panama: The Demise of the Molejón Gold Mine

The Molejón Gold Mine was supposed to bring jobs and prosperity to Panama. In 2010, the Molejón Gold Mine started commercial production in its location about 120km west of Panama City, in Central America (Bourdillon, 2018, January 11; Mining Technology, 2018). The gold mine was an operation run by Petaquilla Gold, which is owned by …

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Petaquilla Minerals Ltd: Canadian Company Harmed Workers & The Environment in Panama

Not only did Petaquilla Minerals Ltd abandon the Molejón Gold Mine altogether in 2015, leaving a pile of gravel and rusting equipment, but it also left without playing wages and employee benefits of more than 600 workers. The failed amount is totaled at 11 million US dollars. The company also faced fines of 2 million US dollars for …

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Audi Faces Emissions Scandal as Companies Upgrade Fleets to Meet EU Directives

Yusen Logistics - a company concerned with the automotive, aerospace, retail, healthcare, and technology sectors - has recently invested in a vehicle fleet system (Euro 6) that increases fuel economy while also reducing CO2 emissions by converting nitrogen oxide into harmless nitrogen and water before reaching the exhaust. This technology falls in line with the European Union …

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Lawfare and corporate harms

Supreme Court rejects Rio Tinto's efforts to dismiss Innu class action lawsuit: Innu claim mines have harmed environment and their way of life [Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press via CBC News] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/supreme-court-rio-tinto-class-action-1.3273225 While the Supreme Court ruling favours the Innu nations that have brought the lawsuit, this case demonstrates the privileging of corporate (and state) …

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