|2012-13: A bad year for Barrick|
behind the growing antagonism towards Barrick Gold
excerpt of "Debunking Barrick", an alternative annual report on Barrick Gold
Contact: Sakura Saunders, sakura.saunders [at] gmail.com, for advance copies of the report.
April 18th, 2013
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July 3, 2012 – The Argentinian Supreme Court reversed Barrick's preliminary injunctions that have blocked key parts of a glacier protection law from being applied to their mining operations. The law protecting glaciers now applies to Barrick Gold, casting doubt on the viability on the project.1July 2012 - Nixon Mangape (Independent) defeats Philip Kikala (People's National Congress) to become Lagaip-Porgera's representative in Papua New Guinea's National Parliament.2 In 2009, Barrick-supported police burnt down the homes of his immediate family in Wuangima village, adjacent to Barrick's mine.3 In 2010, mine security shot Mangape in the leg with a rubber bullet as he joined a family who had just had their loved one killed by mine security.4 As a member of Parliament, Hon. Mangape brings up the issues of on-going abuses at Barrick's mine and pushes for the resettlement of his people outside of the Special Mining Lease area.
Aug 4, 2012 - A group of 23 contract workers occupies the San Ambrosio Church in Vallenar, capital of the northern Chilean province of Huasco, to protest labor conditions at Barrick's Pascua Lama mine. Rafael Castillo, the vice president of a workers' group, told Radio Bío Bío that workers die every year for lack of medical attention at the site.5
Aug 28, 2012 - Chile’s Supreme Court
strikes down the planned 2,100-megawatt, $5 billion Castilla
thermoelectric power plant project citing environmental concerns.6
Barrick’s Pascua Lama mine was to be supplied with power from that
project, which may result in additional delays and costs.
Nov 2, 2012 - Barrick Gold's CEO, Jamie
Sokalsky, announced yet another jump in the estimated capital costs
of the Pascua-Lama mine, from less than $1 billion in 1997, to $3
billion in 2009, to $8 billion in July, to $8.5 billion now.13
9, 2012 - Chibwa Ghati Muarembera (20), a resident of Kiwanja Village
in Tarime District is shot dead by police after allegedly raiding
Barrick's North Mara mine with 4000 people.14
Nov 10, 2012 - Citing rising operating
costs, Barrick Gold cancels the Homestake Retiree Medical Plan,
leaving about 1,000 retirees without the benefit. Cara Horton,
benefits manager with Barrick Gold Corp, reveals that the Homestake
Retiree Medical Plan was not a union-negotiated plan. Therefore, she
says, Barrick is fully within their rights to cancel it.15
Jan. 9 2013 – Stanley Kawambu is shot at, beat, and left to die in a cell by police in Yanzakale, Porgera.
Feb 6, 2013 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency forces Barrick to pay a $618,000 settlement for failing to correctly report toxic chemical releases and waste management activities at the company's Cortez, Ruby Hill, and Bald Mountain mines.20
Feb 13, 2013 - Africa Barrick forecasts production would shrink for a fifth straight year and says it will focus on cutting soaring costs, after talks collapsed with China National Gold over a possible takeover of the firm.21
Feb 14, 2013 - Barrick takes a $3
billion dollar write-down on a Zambian Copper mine it bought in 2011.
The write-down “was twice as big as we expected,” Pawel Rajszel,
an analyst at Veritas Investment Research in Toronto. “They
definitely didn’t do their due diligence.”22
5 “23 contract workers occupies the San Ambrosio Church in Vallenar” translated from http://radio.uchile.cl/noticias/165182/ and http://noticias.lainformacion.com/economia-negocios-y-finanzas/mineria/trabajadores-de-pascua-lama-ocupan-iglesia-chilena-por-demandas-laborales_rDkqaQcQLd1mQIL9ydFI32/. English language link: http://weeklynewsupdate.blogspot.ca/2012/08/wnu-1139-chilean-mine-workers-occupy.html