|Unveiling Medals, Veiling Abuse: A profile of the mines sourcing PanAm Medals|
by compiled by Sakura Saunders
March 3rd, 2015
Barrick Gold and the Royal Canadian Mint today unveiled the design of the medals to be awarded to athletes at this summer's PanAm games. 4,000 competitions medals will be awarded during the course of both the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games. But why are we using this opportunity to promote the irresponsible practice of open pit gold mining, especially considering that we get more than enough gold these days from recycled sources? Specifically, why are we celebrating a mining company whose abuses are well documented and widespread. To illustrate my point, let's look at the three mines highlighted as the sources of the PanAm medals.
|Mine Landowners: Settle issues first|
February 19th, 2015
Landowners along the Pogera river who were affected by environmental damages caused by the Porgera Gold Mine have petitioned the government to intervene on their request for the developer Barrick Gold to compensate them for the damages caused to their environment and river systems.
|Miner plans to sell Porgera stake|
Post Courier (PNG)
February 17th, 2015
Mining Minister Byron Chan said Barrick Gold’s intention to sell 95 percent of shares is a commercial decision and the State has no control or privy over it. Meanwhile, Porgera Landowners Association chairman Tony Mark Ekepa said in a statement that before selling its 95 percent share off, the company must take into account the unresolved issues caused by the mine to the local communities for the past 25 years.
|Out-of-Court Settlement Good for Some Tanzanian Villagers – But Many Others Hindered from Participation by Barrick’s Grievance Mechanism|
Mining Watch Canada and RAID
February 9th, 2015
Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) and MiningWatch Canada (MiningWatch) recognise the significance of the settlement, announced on Friday 6 February 2015, of claims brought by Tanzanian villagers alleging that African Barrick Gold (now Acacia Mining) and its subsidiary were liable, through complicity, for killing and injuring of locals at the North Mara mine by police guarding the mine. The claims, brought by leading law firm Leigh Day, were denied by the companies.
|Acacia settles with Tanzanian villagers over mine fatalities|
February 6th, 2015
Gold miner Acacia (ACAA.L), formerly known as African Barrick, has settled out of court with Tanzanian villagers wanting compensation in relation to fatal incidents at its North Mara mine, the law firm representing the claimants said on Friday.
|Nevada court hears Barrick Gold-Philippines province appeal|
by Ken Ritter, AP
February 4th, 2015
A Philippine island province that experienced mining waste disasters in the 1990s but has been unable to find a court to hear its claim for damages is asking Nevada's highest court to rekindle a nearly 10-year-old state lawsuit against Barrick Gold Corp.
|Protest in Nevada: Mining companies must pay full costs to remedy harm EVERYWHERE they operate|
by Catherine Coumans
February 3rd, 2015
Today, south of Canada in the US state of Nevada, lawyers for the Province of Marinduque squared off against lawyers for Barrick Gold. Marinduque is holding Barrick Gold responsible for providing remedy for multiple disastrous mine waste failures in Marinduque that have caused serious damage to major river and sea ecosystems and have harmed many Marinduquenos. Last year, Barrick tried to make the law suit go away by offering Marinduque $20 million (of which the province would only get about $12 million after legal and administrative fees). The Province of Marinduque rightly turned down this grossly inadequate offer with its many onerous conditions. And so, the Province is back in court continuing the battle against Barrick for a fair settlement that will allow the Province to clean up the mess that mining has left behind.
|Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’
by Renee Lewis, Al Jazeera
January 28th, 2015
If the beauty and clean water of Loma Miranda is the before of mining projects in the Dominican Republic, Cotui, a town just an hour away in the Sánchez Ramírez province, is the after. A red-tinged and shrunken waterway welcomes visitors to Cotuí. It once supplied fresh water to residents. “The animals already knew,” said Mayobanex Arias, a rancher walking his cattle across a bridge over the river. “They would test the water, then not drink it.”
|Chile regulator says could cancel permit for Barrick's Pascua-Lama
January 21st, 2015
Chile's environmental regulator is re-evaluating penalties on Barrick Gold Corp's Pascua-Lama project, a process that could include cancelling the embattled mine's permit, the head of the government body told a local daily newspaper.
|Amanda Lang & Barrick Gold|
by Sakura Saunders, An edited version appeared in NOW Magazine
January 16th, 2015
Before the recent conflict allegations involving Canada's biggest bank, the CBC's senior business correspondent went to bat for another corporate employer of a romantic partner
|Mine expansion may threaten Nevada's largest deer herd|
by Jeff DeLong, RGJ, Reno Gazette Journal
January 9th, 2015
The planned expansion of a major gold mine in northeast Nevada could cause big problems for Nevada's largest herd of mule deer, a sportsmen and conservationist group contends. The Coalition for Nevada's Wildlife is urging people to weigh in on Barrick Gold Corp.'s proposed expansion of its Bald Mountain Mine, a project the group insists could disrupt a key migration route used by deer in the winter.
|Chile supreme court deals new blow to Pascua Lama|
by Juan Andres Abarca, BN Americas
December 31st, 2014
The Chilean supreme court dealt a new blow to Canadian miner Barrick Gold regarding its US$8.5bn Pascua Lamagold-silver project, after refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge filed by the company against a lower court decision. The challenge filed by Barrick's local subsidiary, Minera Nevada, contested the sanctions imposed by environmental regulator SMA in May 2013 for permit breaches.
|Barrick Gold Dominican exports top US$1.4B, amid workers’ protests|
December 10th, 2014
Barrick Gold’s Dominican mine has made 90 shipments totaling 139,419 kilos of gold worth US$1.4 billion thus far this year, a figure revealed as its workers staged a protest outside its Santo Domingo offices to demand the right to form a union.
|Chilean Farmers And Foreign Mining Firms Face Off Over Andes Gold|
by Ramona Wadi, MintPress News
December 1st, 2014
Left out of the initial consultations were the indigenous communities whose livelihoods depend upon farming and water irrigation from the glaciers located within the mining range. Opposition to Barrick Gold has been loudest in Chile, where most of the designated mining area is located.
|Survivors of Rape by Barrick Gold Security Guards Offered “Business Grants” and “Training” in Exchange for Waiving Legal Rights|
November 21st, 2014
Approximately 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick Gold’s security guards in Papua New Guinea were asked to waive their legal rights in exchange for small “business grants” and “business training,” a reparations process that human rights and women’s rights advocates are criticizing as inadequate and designed to protect the Canadian gold company rather than remedy the abuses.
|Barrick Gold faces court in London|
November 6th, 2014
London-based African Barrick Gold is being sued in the United Kingdom by Tanzanian villagers for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by security and police guarding the company’s North Mara mine.
|‘Please tell people about this:’ London students’ horror at Dominican Republic mines|
by Mark Spowart, Metro
October 27th, 2014
Three London students were shocked by what they found last winter during a trip to the Dominican Republic. Canadian mining companies, they say, are destroying lives in the country.
|Baloch CM deputy 'arrested' in Barrick, Antofagasta case; fate unknown |
by Ahmar Mustikhan, The Examiner
October 7th, 2014
Fate of a top aide of Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch is still unclear, Balochistan political and journalist sources reached by phone said Tuesday. Ghulam Shah Dashti, was abducted from Dast-i-Kuddaan by the Baloch Sarmachars or freedom fighters in an attempt to ask Barrick Gold Corporation and Antofagasta of Chile to stay away from Balochistan.
|Barrick Gold refuses to relocate villagers who suffer murder, rape and house burning|
by Karl Nerenberg, Rabble.ca
September 12th, 2014
On Wednesday of this past week, a representative of thousands of people who live in the highlands of Papua New Guinea together with Canadian supporters came to Parliament Hill to tell Canadians about the highlanders' troubled relationship with Barrick Gold.
|Increased Violence at Barrick’s Porgera Mine: Indigenous Ipili send Envoy from Papua New Guinea to Canada|
September 11th, 2014
Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has long been associated with extreme violence against local men and women by mine security and state police associated with the mine. The level of human rights abuses at the mine has spiked again this year. In April, combined state police and army units were once again “called out” to Porgera by the PNG government to deal with Barrick’s ongoing inability to stop local people displaced by the mine from entering the pit and the mine’s massive uncontained waste flows in a desperate attempt to eke out a living from residual gold.