This primary source is a multi-jurisdictional guide for the mining in Chile. As stated on the first page of this document it provides a “high level overview of the domestic mining sector, its regulatory structure and ownership, the environment and health and safety” (Nieto & Urrutia). Written by the company of Practical Law, the two authors specialize in Chilean mining. The reason they wrote this document was to clearly communicate standards mining companies must follow. In regard to my project, I focused on the environmental and health and safety sections. The environmental section states that the National Health Service must approve all construction for waste plants or tailing dams. The health and safety section states that all workers must be trained to work heavy machinery, the need for proper signage, proper evacuation procedures, and an adequate system for waste materials.
I included this primary source because this proves that there are regulations these mining companies need to follow, at least from 2014. And we can assume that regulations have only gotten stricter throughout the years. Although these laws are in place, we are still experiencing issues when it comes to the environmental and safety conditions. This causes me to question what else we can implement to make sure mines are following these laws.
Nieto, Gonzalo and Urrutia, Maximiliano, “Energy and Natural Resources Multi-Jurisdictional Guide: Mining in Chile”, Association of Corporate Counsel, Practical Law (December, 2014) https://www.acc.com/sites/default/files/resources/upload/Chile%20Mining%20InfoPak_FINAL%2012.3.14.pdf