|Goldcorp rejects call to shut down mine amid pressure from native groups|
by Kristine Owram, The Canadian Press
The protests echo similar complaints against Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX), the world's biggest gold producer, which operates in many countries and has a big presence in Latin America. After Barrick's annual meeting last month, representatives for natives in the Huasco Valley in Chile held a protest against the gold giant's development in their communities.
|Chile starts environmental probe into Pascua-Lama|
by Reporting by Fabian Cambero and Alonso Soto; editing by Jim Marshall, Rueters
January 21st, 2010
Chilean environmental authorities said on Thursday it began a probe into the construction of top gold miner Barrick's massive Pascua-Lama project, which could lead to fines or even a revoked concession.
|Ban Barrick: Organizations demand to stop construction of Pascua Lama|
Feminist, religious and environmental organizations in Chile issued a declaration on the extractive project Pascua Lama, carried out by Canadian mining transnational corporation Barrick Gold in Huasco province, Chile and San Juan province, Argentina.
|Government Study: Chilean Gold Mine Threatens Local Glaciers |
by James Fowler, LA TERCERA, LA NACION via Santiago Times
January 7th, 2010
Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold, the owner of what would be Chile’s largest gold mine, Pascua Lama, could face legal sanctions after Chile’s national water commission (DGA) reported that the company is failing to comply with Chile’s environmental laws.
|Xstrata sells El Morro to Barrick for US$465-million|
October 15th, 2009
Mining group Xstrata PLC agreed to sell its 70% interest in the El Morro copper-gold project in Chile for US$465-million to Canada's Barrick Gold Corp., Xstrata said on Monday.
|Video invitation to the March for Life and Against Pascua Lama in Chile (En Español)|
(En Español) This Video contains facts, pictures of the beautiful valley of Huasco, painful stories of these almost 10 years of community resistance, information on the proximity of Barrick with the Government, and of course, the people who called us to join this important protection for life and clean land and water.
|** BARRICK MINING DISASTERS - Emergency Funds Needed **|
May 21st, 2009
This has been a crazy past few weeks to be watchdogging Barrick Gold. Within the first week of starting our annual ProtestBarrick tour in Toronto, a Barrick-recommended military force in PNG started to torch hundreds of houses, allegedly to clear way for mine expansion. SO... we changed plans a bit, MiningWatch Canada sent an Urgent Appeal to several United Nations Special Rapporteurs and now we are now attending the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York! Amnesty International has also made a public statement on the recent events at Porgera.
|Activists Try to Block Start of Pascua Lama Mine |
by Daniela Estrada , Inter Press Service News Agency
May 18th, 2009
As Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold gets ready to start construction at the Pascua Lama mine, straddling the Argentine-Chilean border, activists in Chile are scrambling to block the ambitious mining project while calling for an investigation of supposed irregularities committed in the approval process.
|Under Andean ice, a golden prize |
May 15th, 2009
An ambitious gold mining project in northern Chile, high up in the Andes close to ancient glaciers, is finally getting underway amid the economic downturn despite fears from environmentalists.
|Chilean government denies the start of construction of the Pascua Lama mine |
May 14th, 2009
"Before you start building must meet requirements which consist of a series of approvals, and are pending in the General Directorate of Water," the minister Ana Uriarte, head of the environment, in a meeting with foreign correspondents . SANTIAGO, May 14. The Chilean Environment Minister Ana Lya Uriarte said today that Canada's Barrick Gold, the project leader of the Chilean mine Pascua Lama argentina, must request authorization from the Directorate General of Water prior to construction of it.
|Barrick's Pascua Lama project denounced as illegal|
May 7th, 2009
Barrick Gold Corporation announced today that its Pascua-Lama project, situated on the border of Chile and Argentina, is proceeding to construction. Community leaders and legal experts from Chile and Argentina – currently in Canada as part of an international delegation – responded to Barrick's announcement today by denouncing this project as illegal and lacking the social license to operate.
|MEDIA RELEASE: Indigenous Leaders from Papua New Guinea, Chile Raise Serious Human Rights and Environmental Concerns Around Barrick Gold Operations|
Mining Watch Canada
May 6th, 2009
Even as houses near Barrick's mine in the highlands of Papua New Guinea are being burned down in a joint military and police action, Jethro Tulin is in Canada to address shareholders and government officials, whom he considers complicit in the suffering of his people as a result of Barrick's Porgera Joint Venture mine.
|MEDIA RELEASE: Indigenous Leaders confront Barrick Gold|
April 29th, 2009
Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea and Chile traveled to Canada this week to attend the April 29 shareholders’ meeting of Barrick Gold. Here, they will confront Barrick about human rights abuses and environmental degradation on their lands.
|EXPERT CONDEMNS CHILEAN GLACIER POLICY AS ‘INSUFFICIENT’|
by Chris Noyce, Santiago Times
April 24th, 2009
German glacier expert Alexander Brenning labeled Chile’s glacier protection policy as “not sufficient” on Wednesday, highlighting the need for greater information to be provided to the public and businesses regarding the environmental impact of mining projects in Chile.
|Corporate Social Responsibility Rules for Mining Industry Blasted: Barrick Gold Implicated|
by Lee Berthiaume, Embassy Magazine
April 1st, 2009
The Conservative government has rejected joint civil society-private sector calls to tie diplomatic and economic support for Canadian oil, gas and mining companies operating in developing countries to socially responsible conduct abroad. As a result, there are charges the government—allegedly influenced by mining giant Barrick Gold and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce—has given the green light for misbehaviour abroad, and killed the temporary peace between NGOs and mining companies.
|Indigenous Peoples Want Global Moratorium on Mining, Other Extractive Projects|
by JO VILLANUEVA, Bulatat
March 28th, 2009
The united voice of the indigenous peoples swept from continent to continent in 37 countries calling their respective governments to stop large-scale mining and other extractive activities (oil and gas projects) in their indigenous lands until effective measures to safeguard their rights and the environment are in place.
|CHILE: MINING GIANT BARRICK A NO-SHOW AT ENVIRO DEBATE |
by Lucy McDonald-Stewart, Santiago Times
March 27th, 2009
Canadian gold-mining company Barrick Gold backed out of a debate on its Pascua Lama project 20 minutes before it was scheduled to begin on Tuesday at the campus of the Adolfo Ibanez University.
|UN to tackle mercury menace|
by MICHAEL RICHARDSON, The Canberra Times
March 3rd, 2009
Fear sparked by global recession, strains on banks and volatile paper currencies has brought the glitter back to gold. Its value has been rising rapidly in recent months, as investors seek a safe-haven from the economic and financial storm.
|Norway's sovereign wealth fund drops yet another mining investment; this time it's Barrick|
by Dorothy Kosich, Mineweb
February 2nd, 2009
A dispute over the riverine disposal methods utilized by Barrick's Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea has prompted Norway's Ministry of Finance to drop Barrick from Norway's Government Pension Fund-Global investments, valued at $188.3 million.
|Is Gold the duddest of dud investments?|
February 2nd, 2009
Everyone is buying gold. The frantic pace with which people are buying gold have prompted some to comment that gold has lost value as a commodity. According to Merrill Lynch, gold is "the duddest of dud investments." Ever since the U.S. dollar went off the gold standard, gold has had no special value as a commodity, with only 280 tons going to industrial uses per year.