|Chile court suspends Barrick's Pascua Lama mine|
by LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press
April 10th, 2013
A Chilean court on Wednesday suspended Barrick Gold Corp's Pascua Lama mine after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.
|Barrick Gold Could Lose the Pascua Lama Project|
El Ciudadano, Translation by Molly Fohn
April 3rd, 2013
The largest gold mining company in the world, Barrick Gold and its Chilean subsidiary, Nevada Spa Mining, could lose in the coming months the Pascua deposit worth millions after a series of frauds regarding mining property and repeated poor environmental practices. The deposit is known as the Pascua-Lama, with the name Pascua from the Chilean side, and Lama from the Argentine side.
|PASCUA LAMA: Charges filed against the controversial project for failing to meet the environmental standards, conditions, and measures.|
by SEBASTIAN MARCHANT, 24 Horas
The Environmental Superintendent of Chile filed charges on Wednesday against Nevada Mining SpA, who is the owner of Pasca Lama project in Chile, because the project fails to meet the conditions, rules and measures established by the Environmental Qualification Resolution delivered in 2006. Chilean authorities also found Barrick's self-reporting did not meet the requirements of Article 41 of the Organic Superintendency Law, which requires the provision of accurate, truthful and verifiable facts by the holder.
|Conflicts surrounding Canadian mines ‘a serious problem’|
by Catherine Solyom, Montreal Gazette
December 18th, 2012
Canadians abroad have long benefited from what psychologists call “the halo effect”: Because of its reputation as a peace-loving, human-rights respecting, tree-hugging land, Canada can do no wrong. But perceptions in Latin America are changing, say observers here and there, as conflicts pitting Canadian mines against local communities become entrenched and spread across continents, and the line between those companies and the Canadian government becomes increasingly blurred.
|Clean capitalism gets mixed results in the Andes|
CSR has become controversial because, observers said, it does not necessarily make the mining more responsible — it makes it easier to sell.Rod Jimenez, the vice-president of corporate affairs for Barrick South America, said the company has done a lot to build trust in the community, likening the battle for hearts and minds around Pascua-Lama to a marriage.
|Chileans divided over value of Barrick’s water fund|
by Cecilia Jamasmie, Mining.com
December 18th, 2012
2012 was not a great year for Canada’s Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX: ABX) when it comes to its $8.5 billion Pascua Lama project, straddling the border of Argentina and Chile. There has been recent legal actions filed against the company for allegedly not having all the rights to proceed with the development of the mine. And now locals, divided over the merits of a water fund created by Barrick, threaten the fragile status quo in northern Chile.
|Glaciers, protests and court cases slow Barrick in Pascua-Lama|
by CATHERINE SOLYOM, Montreal Gazette
December 15th, 2012
A number of obstacles remaining on the bumpy road to Pascua-Lama, to the delight of some and the dismay of others, from legal wrangling in Chile over the deeds to the vast, frigid territory, to a Supreme Court of Argentina decision over whether any mining can take place there at all, given the presence of glaciers so close to the mine pit.
|More than just costs are a concern at Barrick Gold’s $8.5B Pascua-Lama megamine|
by Catherine Solyom, Postmedia News
December 14th, 2012
what happens up here in Pascua-Lama, where Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold is developing the first open-pit gold mine to straddle two countries, will have a huge impact on the people living in the valleys below on both sides of the border — for better or for worse.
|New legal action against Barrick over Pascua Lama protocol|
December 13th, 2012
A Chilean lawyer has filed legal action to force the world’s largest gold producer Barrick Gold executives to appear in a Canadian court to respond to accusations that the company falsified information included in the Pascua Lama protocol between Argentina and Chile in 2004, for the development of the Pascua Lama gold mine.
|Barrick to inject $2 billion to Pascua-Lama in 2013|
by Cecilia Jamasmie, Mining.com
November 28th, 2012
In early October, a Chilean appeals court accepted to consider a request for an injunction against the company and its project, filed by a group of northern natives in conjunction with the local government’s environmental evaluation committee.
|Barrick again revises Pascua Lama Project capex to $8bn-$8.5bn:
Barrick's third-quarter 2012 earnings fell 55% as mining costs increased and production declined, resulting in the company missing analysts' expectations.|
by Dorothy Kosich , Mine Web
November 2nd, 2012
For the second time this year,Barrick has raised its capital cost estimates for the Pascua-Lama project.
|Chile’s appeals court to hear injunction request against Barrick’s Pascua Lama|
by Cecilia Jamasmie, mining.com
October 8th, 2012
A Chilean appeals court has accepted to consider a request for an injunction against Canada’s Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX: ABX) and its Pascua Lama project, filed by a group of northern natives in conjunction with the local government’s environmental evaluation committee.
|Marketing Consent: A journey into the public relations underside of Canada's mining sector|
by Sandra Cuffe, The Dominion (Canada)
August 22nd, 2012
It’s no secret that Canadian mining companies are fanned out around the world. Conflicts linked to large-scale mining projects have come to the fore as some of the most intense social and environmental struggles in this hemisphere and beyond. But well outside of the headlines, another industry, one that purports to link Indigenous people internationally in order to benefit from resource extraction, has slowly taken off.
|Barrick Chile Criminal Charges Filed and Accepted|
August 16th, 2012
Mountainstar Gold Inc. (the "Company"), wishes to advise our shareholders and the investing public of recent alarming events in Chile. Mr. Juan G. Torres, the Chilean lawyer acting for Mr. Jorge Lopehandia, our joint venture partner, informs "with regards to the criminal action for injuries (libel and perjury) against each and every one of the representatives of Compania Minera Barrick Chile Limitada and Compania Minera Nevada SpA."
|Chile: mine workers occupy church in protest|
World War 4 report
August 7th, 2012
A group of 23 contract workers occupied the San Ambrosio Church in Vallenar, capital of the northern Chilean province of Huasco, on the morning of Aug. 4 to protest labor conditions at Pascua Lama, an open-pit gold, silver and copper mine being built in the Andes at the border between Argentina and Chile. Eight of the protesters took over the bell tower, where they shouted and banged on the metal structure to draw attention to their complaints against the mine's operator, the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation.
|Chile: Barrick Gold mine threatens water supply|
by Alejandra Carmona, El Monstrador
April 9th, 2012
It is for these reasons that the inhabitants of the region are afraid of mining operations and especially of the large project that will go up in Maricunga, 145 kilometers southeast of Copiapó; the Cerro Casale project will use more than 900 liters of water per second in its industrial mining operation. An amount no one can ignore. Especially now.
|US Export-Import Bank (Exim) and EDC of Canada will not finance Barrick’s Pascua Lama Gold Mining Project |
by Jorge Daniel Taillant, CEDHA
March 2nd, 2012
US Export-Import Bank (Exim) and Export Development Canada (EDC), two of the world’s largest publicly funded development finance institutions, will not be contributing to the highly controversial Pascua Lama gold mining project straddling the border between Argentina and Chile. The project has already and will further destroy glaciers to get at gold mineral deposits if it gets underway, affecting the water supply for indigenous communities and small agriculture in Chile as well as an internationally protected biosphere reserve in Argentina.
|CEDHA Files Equator Principles Due Diligence Review to US EXIM Bank and EDC of Canada on Barrick’s Pascua Lama Project|
November 25th, 2011
The Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA), along with several local and international groups presented today an Equator Principles Due Diligence Review to two export credit agencies considering financing Barrick Gold’s highly controversial Pascua Lama gold project, straddling the border between Chile and Argentina.
|Indigenous Chileans take mining giant to international court|
by Joe Hinchliffe, Santiago Times
October 27th, 2011
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will begin a trial on Friday to determine if a controversial mine on the ancestral land of Chile’s indigenous Diaguita community violates their fundamental human rights, as established under the American Convention on Human Rights.
by Michelle Slater, Castlemaine Independent
July 27th, 2011
Can gold ever be ethical?