informal gold mercury

  • Suriname - Mining and Minerals |

    Oct 22, 2018 · Small-scale, informal gold mining in the interior increased rapidly since the 1990s. Small-scale gold miners generally use hydraulic equipment and mercury with severe consequences to the environment. According to some estimates, small-scale gold mining may account for as much as 60 percent of Suriname's total gold production.

  • Going for gold: can small-scale mines be mercury free?

    Jun 27, 2018 · Agriculture is the most visible industry, and the primary source of jobs. But off the main roads, hidden out of sight, is a growing industry: small-scale, informal gold mining. Problems abound with these unregulated worksites which release toxins such as mercury .

  • Peru's Mineral Wealth and Woes | Council on Foreign Relations

    Peru's Mineral Wealth and Woes. ... of social conflict stemming from environmental disputes is the government's inability to address everything from mercury pollution from informal gold mining ...

  • Gold Mining in the Peruvian Amazon: Global Prices ...

    Apr 19, 2011 · The ratio of mercury use to resulting gold amalgam is at least 2 to 1 in artisanal mining,, yet there is no information on mercury use nor its transfer within the country at the department level. Estimates of mercury lost and gold extracted are notoriously hard to acquire for artisanal mining .