In the past month alone, there have been at least three major incidents that have given not just stakeholders but also the broader global community anything but the impression that mining is a force for good.
Responsible for two of those events is Russian nickel, copper and platinum group metals producer Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel).
The most recent occasion was on Sunday, when the company announced it had launched an internal investigation
after clarified industrial water overflowed from a sump at the Talnakh processing plant and was pumped to an adjacent site.
According to the company, this decision “constituted a gross violation of the factory’s operational protocols,” and has led to the suspension of the responsible personnel. Russia’s ecology watchdog, Rosprirodnadzor, and the Ministry of Emergency Situations have been brought in to monitor the situation and assess whether any damage has occurred.
The concentrator processes ore from the Oktyabrskoye...