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Chile regulator seeks new sanctions against Barrick's Pascua-Lama
April 22nd, 2015
Chile's environmental regulator SMA said on Wednesday it will seek new sanctions against Barrick Gold Corp's massive Pascua-Lama gold and silver project, further complicating the possibility that the suspended mine might resume construction.

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.

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.

Chile supreme court deals new blow to Pascua Lama
by Juan Andres AbarcaBN 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.

Chilean Farmers And Foreign Mining Firms Face Off Over Andes Gold
by  Ramona WadiMintPress 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.

Barrick Gold Faces Demonstration Against Human Rights, Environmental Abuses at Toronto AGM
by Tim McSorleyDeSmog
Barrick Gold's shareholders will be greeted by a familiar sight in Toronto this morning: protesters are once again gathering outside the Annual General Meeting of the world's largest gold mining company to denouce the corporation's human rights and environmental abuses.

CEDHA offers expert testimony against Barrick Gold in Chilean Tribunals
April 27th, 2014
On the one year anniversary of the suspension of Pascua Lama due to impacts to glaciers and other water resources, Jorge Daniel Taillant, Director of the Center for Human Rights and Environment (in Argentina) spoke for two hours today before Chile’s Environmental Tribunal to answer questions regarding reports CEDHA has produced to draw attention to Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama project impacts to hitherto ignored but extremely relevant swaths of land called Periglacial Environments. These frozen hydrological resources help glaciated areas store and regulate water flow to downstream water basins for millions of people.

Behind Barrick's meltdown in the Atacama desert
by STEPHANIE NOLENGlobe and Mail
April 24th, 2014
In Chile today, you could spend a very long time trying to find anyone with a good word to say about Pascua-Lama.

Barrick offering lands with a thud, shares slide
by Allison Martell and Euan RochaReuters
November 3rd, 2013
A massive public share offering from Barrick Gold Corp proved a tough sell, market sources said on Friday, as the price of gold dropped and investors digested news that the miner had shelved a key growth project.

Barrick Chile mine workers set to strike
October 30th, 2013
* Workers poised to strike after rejecting contract proposal * News of likely stoppage comes day before Barrick results due

Five whistleblowers speak out against Barrick, court documents reveal
Court documents filed by Labaton Sucharow LLP on August 2, 2013 related to a class action lawsuit on behalf of shareholders of Barrick Gold reveal the testimonies of five former Barrick employees. These confidential witnesses confirm that Barrick top management knew that construction at the Pascua Lama Project was contaminating nearby water sources and breaching environmental conditions that led to the suspension of the project. These witnesses also testify that at a time when the company was estimating that the Project's cost would be between $2.8 and $3 billion, Barrick already had in its possession an engineering report estimating costs for the Project at nearly twice that figure.

The Case Against Barrick Gold: Why Shareholders are turning on this mining giant
by Sakura SaundersSpecial to ProtestBarrick
July 26th, 2013
On June 5, 2013, Lewis and Patricia Clark filed a class action lawsuit for themselves and other shareholders against the world's largest gold miner for “making false and misleading statements and concealed material information” relating to Pascua-Lama’s delays and costs. The class covers everyone who bought Barrick common stock between May 7, 2009, and May 23, 2013. Since this date, at least 9 law-firms have taken on the case against Barrick.

Exclusive: Chile indigenous group likely to appeal Barrick ruling: lawyer
by Alexandra UlmerReuters
July 18th, 2013
A Chilean indigenous group will likely ask the Supreme Court to review a lower court decision on Barrick Gold Corp's Pascua-Lama gold mine, because the ruling does not go far enough to protect the environment, a lawyer representing the group told Reuters on Thursday.

Chile court rules for Indians against Barrick Gold
by EVA VERGARAAssociated Press
July 14th, 2013
A Chilean appeals court ruled against the world's largest gold mining company on Monday, favoring Chilean Indians who accuse Barrick Gold Corp. of contaminating their water downstream and creating more doubts about the future of the world's highest gold mine. The judges in the northern city of Copiapo unanimously ruled that Barrick must keep all its environmental promises before moving forward with construction of the Pascua-Lama mine at the very top of Chile's mountainous border with Argentina. They also said Barrick must monitor the condition of three glaciers next to the mine project.

VIDEO: Diaguita Sing Against Barrick Gold
A video and song by Pedro Martinez, a member of the ethnic Diaguita who are opposed to Barrick Gold on their lands.

Barrick's Pascua Lama could wind up costing US$10bn, analyst says
by Alexandra Demo-DananbergBN Americas
June 26th, 2013
Canadian Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama project on the border of Chile and Argentina could wind up costing US$10bn to build, according to Credit Suisse analyst Anita Soni.

Barrick to lay off 100 at Toronto head office
Associated Press
The world's largest gold-mining company has announced plans to eliminate 100 jobs at its corporate headquarters in Toronto. Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) said Monday the reduction represents 30 percent of the head office. Barrick spokesman Andy Lloyd cited a challenging business environment. Falling gold prices, rising costs and a sagging stock price weighed down by its Pascua-Lama project have plagued the company. Since late 2011, the gold price has fallen by $600 -- over 30 percent.

Open letter to Corporate Knights regarding Barrick's placement at #4 on "Best 50 of 2013"
June 14th, 2013
I am writing in response to your recent "Best 50 of 2013" listing, where you place Barrick Gold in the position of 4th best corporate citizen. You acknowledged that awarding them this honour would stir controversy, as you acknowledge the company has many accusations placed against it for human rights abuses, and even the Chilean government recently shut down its Pascua Lama project due to "environmental irregularities". Still, referencing "publicly disclosed data points that can be compared across companies", you insist that Barrick is a corporate leader.

Corporate Knights defend abusive corporations
by Sakura SaundersAn edited version appeared in NOW Magazine
June 13th, 2013
You only need to check out Corporate Knights magazine’s just-issued Best 50 Corporate Citizens In Canada index to get that “clean capitalism” is all show, no substance.

Q&A: Sen. Allende on Barrick Gold’s controversial Chilean mine
by Kalynne DakinSantiago Times
May 8th, 2013
The Socialist Party senator addresses constituent and worker concerns as US$8.5 billion Pascua-Lama mine faces shutdown.

Barrick’s mea culpa
by Christian PenaNow Magazine
May 2nd, 2013
If spirits were low inside the venue, outside the mood was buoyant. Activists cheerfully propped up a monster puppet of Munk with a Pinocchio nose to illustrate their view of the company’s claims to social responsibility and drew attention to Barrick’s incursions on indigenous land and its reaction to alleged gang rapes and abuses by company security in Papua New Guinea.

Barrick’s environmental foes jump on wobbly miner
April 25th, 2013
The long term outlook for Barrick shares hinges on many factors: the gold price is obviously the biggest driver, but the company also faces vociferous opposition from environmentalists and many residents around its mine sites, which should be a long term worry for shareholders.

Barrick AGM Protest in pictures
April 24th, 2013
Protesters braved the rain to send a message to shareholders of Barrick Gold: "Barrick is a toxic asset, invest in life!" (all photos

Chile rejects Barrick’s appeal to resume work at Pascua Lama
by Cecilia
April 23rd, 2013
Chilean appeals court rejected Canadian Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX: ABX) subsidiary Minera Nevada's plea to reverse the order to suspend construction on the troubled Pascua Lama gold and silver project.

New Report! "Debunking Barrick"
by multiple authorsProtestBarrick
April 23rd, 2013
As Protest Barrick completes its sixth year of working with communities impacted by Barrick Gold, we are publishing a different kind of alternative annual report. We have noticed over the years that despite some of Barrick`s major abuses coming into light, the company has been able to maintain – within select circles – a reputation for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Meanwhile, around the world, Barrick’s name is still associated with corruption, abuse and environmental harms.

2012-13: Un mal año para Barrick
April 19th, 2013
Extracto de "Debunking Barrick", un informe anual alternativo sobre Barrick Gold.

2012-13: A bad year for Barrick
excerpt of "Debunking Barrick", an alternative annual report on Barrick Gold
April 18th, 2013
Before you think about investing in Barrick, check out this timeline of actions against Barrick's operations around the world since last July.

Barrick Gold: Is Pascua-Lama A Mine That Should Not Be Built?
Seeking Alpha
April 16th, 2013
The uphill struggle for Barrick Gold (ABX) to finally bring the Pascua-Lama mine into production hit another snag last week when a Chilean court ordered all works on the Chilean side of the project to cease pending a decision on a complaint filed by a group of native indigenous people. Court sources quoted by Reuters anticipate the dispute to go to the Chilean Supreme Court, which could mean delays to the order of several months. The suspension is the latest in a series of setbacks to the Pascua-Lama project. Target dates for initial production have been delayed, and cost estimates had to be corrected at least twice.

CONFRONT BARRICK: 2013 AGM Protest and Alternative Annual Report!
Once a year, the board of Directors of the world’s most powerful gold mining corporation converge in downtown Toronto. This year, we're releasing a report that chronicles Barrick's lies and highlights the true stories behind their false CSR spin. Help us ensure that these stories don't get ignored.

Chile court suspends Barrick's Pascua Lama mine
by LUIS ANDRES HENAOAssociated 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.
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 SolyomMontreal 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
Montreal Gazette
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
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 SOLYOMMontreal 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 SolyomPostmedia 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
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
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 CuffeThe 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
PR Newswire
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 CarmonaEl 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 TaillantCEDHA
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 HinchliffeSantiago 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.

Pay Dirt?
by Michelle SlaterCastlemaine Independent
July 27th, 2011
Can gold ever be ethical?

Argentina: is Barrick Gold shrinking Chilean glaciers?
World War 4 report
July 26th, 2011
In a report published on July 19, the Argentine branch of the environmental group Greenpeace charged that operations by the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation in the Andes at the border with Chile had already significantly damaged three small glaciers.

Is Barrick Gold Shrinking Chilean Glaciers?
Weekly News Update on the Americas
In a report published on July 19, the Argentine branch of the environmental group Greenpeace charged that operations by the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation in the Andes at the border with Chile had already significantly damaged three small glaciers.

Barrick Contaminates Water Resources
Latin American Press
June 16th, 2011
High levels of heavy metals have been detected in water resources near the Veladero and Pascua Lama gold projects, both owned by Canadian giant Barrick Gold, according to a recently published study by the Center for Human Rights and Environment, an Argentina-based nongovernmental organization.

Barrick Accused by Governor’s Brother of Mingling in Argentine Election Politics
Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA)
May 4, 2011 – In a highly unusual interview[1] with a national radio station, the brother and would be gubernatorial candidate of the incumbent Governor of San Juan Province attacked his brother (Governor José Luis Gioja) and Barrick Gold of maintaining a lucrative and economically abusive relationship for the province. It seems Barrick’s profits are causing a stir in local politics that has miners and ruling family members at odds with one another.

Barrick Threatens Legal Action Against NGO – Over Publication of Contamination of Gold Mining Projects in Argentina
May 16th 2011 – Argentina. Barrick Gold threatened to file legal actions against the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA), for publishing a report that uses Barrick’s own water monitoring data and concludes that the Veladero and Pascua Lama projects are contaminating San Juan’s rivers and streams.

Request to the Supreme Court of Argentina - immediate cessation of activities in Pascua-Lama
No a Pascua-Lama [Spanish]
Buenos Aires, May 13, 2011 : Barrick Gold violates the law

Solicitan a la Corte Suprema Argentina el Inmediato Cese de Actividades de Pascua-Lama
No a Pascua-Lama
Buenos Aires, 13 de mayo de 2011: El emprendimiento de la empresa Barrick Gold incumple la Ley de Glaciares

Informe narrativo: Manifestación contra reunión de accionistas de la Barrick, movilizando en apoyo a comunidades afectadas
El equipo está actualmente en Toronto, Canadá, para la reunión anual general de la Barrick Gold y nuestra quinta gira con comunidades afectadas. Este año participan representantes de comunidades de Papua Nueva Guinea, y esperamos (si logren sus visas) que se sumarán desde Tanzania y las Filipinas también.

Barrrick Gold confronted by angry protesters
For the fifth year in a row, Sakura Saunders shows up for the Barrick annual shareholders’ meeting in Toronto. But once again, she is turned back by police and Barrick’s head of security despite the fact that she’s a shareholder.

REPORT BACK: Barrick shareholder protest, mobilising in support of impacted communities
The team is currently in Toronto, Canada for the Barrick Gold's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and our 5th speaking tour with Barrick mining impacted communities. This year we are joined by Papua New Guinean community and hopefully (visas permitting) community from Tanzania and the Philippines.

PHOTOS: Activist Protest Against Barrick Gold
On Wednesday, over 100 activists protested against Barrick Gold outside the Metro Convention Centre, where Barrick Gold was holding its annual shareholders' meeting.

[Espanol] AMIGOS DE LA TIERRA INTERNACIONAL SE SUMA A PROTESTAS CONTRA BARRICK GOLD '¡Barrick Gold limpien el desastre! Derecho a la vida por encima de las ganancias del oro'
TORONTO [CANADÁ], 27 de abril, 2011 – Hoy, durante la asamblea general anual (AGM) de la empresa minera Barrick Gold en Toronto (Canadá), Amigos de la Tierra Internacional apoya un fuerte llamado de las comunidades del mundo a detener la minería de oro y las prácticas destructivas de Barrick Gold. Campañistas están presentes en la asamblea y se sumaron a una manifestación frente al lugar. Barrick Gold, la minera de oro más grande del mundo, ha sido objeto de muchos estudios que documentan violaciones a los derechos humanos y devastación ambiental a nivel mundial, en países como Filipinas, Tanzania y Australia.

Communities in Argentina and Chile protest while Barrick Gold’s shareholders meet in Toronto
Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OLCA) Coordinator Anti-Pascua Lama Santiago Northern Chile Environmental Network Huasco Valley Defense Council
April 27th, 2011
Protests against Barrick gold’s massive Pascua Lama project are taking place in the southern cone in time with Barrick Gold’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto. In Buenos Aires, Santiago, San Juan and Vallenar, communities are demonstrating against Barrick’s impacts on nature, people and democracy. They have released the following open letter written to the attention of Barrick Gold’s shareholders.

AUDIO: Activists protest against Barrick Gold
by John BonnarRabble
April 27th, 2011
On Wednesday, over 100 activists protested against Barrick Gold outside the Metro Convention Centre, where Barrick Gold was holding its annual shareholders' meeting.

Barrick turns glaciers to dust and the State applies a measly fine
by Lucio Cuenca Berger Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OLCA)
February 2nd, 2011
Over a year ago, during November 2009, the state fulfilled its obligation to carry out an audit of the Pascua Lama project one month after construction began. Alarming irregularities were found, particularly with regard to the protection of glaciers and water, two themes that have given rise to more than ten years of concern and resistance on the part of communities living in the area.

Munk’s dubious mining morality
by John McKay, Liberal MP, OttawaThe CANADIAN PRESS
Re: Lack of support for mining bill, Letter Oct. 31 Barrick Gold Corp.’s Peter Munk raises three very dubious moral arguments in his triumphalist celebration of the defeat of C-300. The first is that mining is important to our economy. True. Apparently as long as it is generating wealth for Canada, abuse of basic human rights, degradation of the host country’s environment, and criminal code offences are okay. Interesting moral equation.

Border Mining Projects Before Ethics Tribunal
by Daniela Estrada*IPS
Latin American activists who want to call attention to mining developments located in border areas will gather in Chile to "pass judgement" on projects they regard as detrimental to local communities, the environment and national security.

Analysis: Argentine glacier protection bill could shut mines
by Luis Andres HenaoReuters
An Argentine bill to protect glaciers by banning mining in ice zones could hinder a new multibillion-dollar gold mine, shutter some projects and slow investment, although some mining provinces seeking to circumvent the measure are passing their own laws.

Argentine lower house passes glacier bill
by Luis Andres HenaoReuters Africa
Argentine lawmakers on Wednesday approved a glacier-protection bill that would ban mining and oil drilling in the country's Andean ice fields.

Acusan a Cristina por “tráfico de influencias” en favor de una minera
by Juan Cruz Sanz
ESPANOL: Siete días antes de la fecha prevista para que la Cámara baja vuelva a tratar la ley de proteción de glaciares que Cristina vetó en el 2008, tres diputados opositores presentaron ayer a la Justicia una denuncia para que se investigue el posible “tráfico de influencias” de la Presidenta para favorecer inversiones de la minera canadiense Barrick Gold en la frontera sanjuanina con Chile.

Denuncian lazos de Mayoral con la minera canadiense Barrick
by Leonardo NicosiaPerfil
Mientras el Congreso se prepara para debatir otra vez una ley de protección de glaciares, la oposición solicitó esta semana a la ESPANOL: Justicia que investigue las ventajas impositivas extraordinarias que el Estado le habría otorgado a la Barrick Gold en el proyecto Pascua-Lama, en San Juan. Los diputados Elisa Carrió, Fernanda Reyes (CC)y Miguel Bonasso (DpBA) denunciaron, además, que existen llamativos vínculos entre la companía y el secretario de Minería, Jorge Mayoral.

San Juan province governor accused of 'economic ties' with Barrick Gold
Buenos Aires Herald
Deputies Elisa Carrió and Miguel Bonasso filed a complaint against San Juan province Governor José Luis Gioja and Barrick Gold mining company for alleged "economic links" between the two. They also accused President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of vetoeing the Glaciers Law in order to favour the company.

Mining Through Roots: Displacement, Poverty and the Global Extractive Industry
by Sakura Saunders, editor
July 3rd, 2010
In Papua New Guinea, approximately 5000 adults** live within the Special Mining Lease area of Barrick Gold's Porgera mine. They are desperately seeking resettlement into another area that could provide them with the means to live the subsistence lifestyle that remains the livelihood of 75% of the country. Their requests have been denied by the company, which prefers to offer individual cash payments to villagers as their homes fall victim to waste-related landslides and police-instigated arson.

Campaign to Ban Cyanide in Latin America launched
Mines and Communitiesq
Civil society organisations, trade organisations and unions, communities, academics and governments are being called on to strive for the banning of the use of cyanide in mining activities throughout Latin America, based on the information that accompanies this campaign launch.

Goldcorp rejects call to shut down mine amid pressure from native groups
by Kristine OwramThe 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 MarshallRueters
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
Radio Mundo
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 FowlerLA 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.

by Chris NoyceSantiago 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 BerthiaumeEmbassy 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
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.

by Lucy McDonald-StewartSantiago 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
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 KosichMineweb
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?
Commodity Online
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.

Worst Companies in the World: US, Monsanto, Peabody and Barrick
by Brenda NorrellThe Narcosphere
The United States was voted the Worst Company in the World, followed by Monsanto, Peabody Energy Corp. and Barrick Gold

Don't cry for me Argentina's glaciers
The Great Beyond
November 17th, 2008
Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez, has just vetoed a bill to protect the country’s glaciers, reports Reuters. The bill was passed only a month ago by Argentina’s congress.

Environmentalists Decry Argentina Presidential Veto of Bill That Halted $2.4 Billion Mine with Chile
Latin American Herald Tribune
November 15th, 2008
Environmental groups expressed their displeasure with the decision by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to veto a glacier-protection bill that would have restricted mining and oil drilling.

Argentina vetoes glacier law that curbed mining
November 14th, 2008
Argentina's president has vetoed a law protecting the country's glaciers that would have restricted mining and oil drilling, officials and environmental campaigners said on Friday.

Native Community in Desert Oasis Threatened by Mines
by Daniela EstradaInterPress Service
October 9th, 2008
The Diaguita indigenous community in Huasco Alto, surrounded by rich gold, silver and copper deposits in the northern Chilean region of Atacama, are engaged in a struggle to prevent mining projects from infringing on their territory and destroying their way of life and ancestral identity.

PASCUA LAMA UPDATE: Project mired in conflict
September 4th, 2008
Construction of the Pascua Lama mine, which straddles the border between Chile and Argentina, was scheduled to begin two years ago. But the lucrative project remains on hold while a dispute continues between the governments of Chile and Argentina regarding taxation.

US and Canada Found Guilty of Racism
by Haider RizvinInter Press Service
August 8th, 2008
UNITED NATIONS - The international community now fully recognises the native peoples' right to protect their lands and live distinct lifestyles. Yet, most of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples continue to face abuse and injustices at the hands of state authorities and commercial concerns.

Meeting Crashers: Anti-mining activists confront shareholders at AGM
by Veronica Islas
July 14th, 2008
It was the first time that Mexican Congressman Armando Barreiro, historian Juan Carlos Ruiz Guadalajara and hydraulic engineer Mario Martinez visited Toronto, but this trip was not a vacation.

Bachelet Protested during her Berkeley Visit
by David Moderbach
June 12th Chilean president Michele Bachelet visited Berkeley, California and was met by some 30 persons protesting Chilean treatment of Mapuche communities, hydroelectric dams, and against Bachelet's support for Big Mining and Barrick Gold.

Séminaire Droits autochtones et déploiement des transnationales minières
Invités Sergio Campusano, Chef de la communauté autochtone Diaguita Huascoaltina, Chili
Neville « Chappy » Williams, Chef de la communauté autochtone Wiradjuri, Australia
Jethro Tulin, Représentant de la communauté autochtone Ipili, Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée

Participation spéciale William Sacher Co-auteur du livre Noir Canada : corruption, pillage et criminalité en Afrique

ACTION ALERT: Protesters Demand Accountability Outside Barrick Gold's AGM
May 6th, 2008
On 6 May protesters gathered outside Barrick Gold's Annual General Meeting to protest the companies destructive mining operations around the world.

by Matt MalinowskiSantiago Times
April 30th, 2008
Authors Say Recent Government-Backed Policy Reforms Fall Short The Chilean government’s approval of large-scale business projects — including forestry company CELCO’s waste duct to the Pacific Ocean and mining company Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama gold mine in the Andes mountains — now represent the most severe threat to the country's indigenous communities, according to a report filed last week by Chile's Observatory for Indigenous Rights (ODPI).

Barrick skeptical on Pascua-Lama project
by Reporting by Robert Melnbardis; editing by Matthew LewisREUTERS
Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) is not convinced there will be a resolution soon of tax and permit issues delaying its proposed $2.4 billion Pascua-Lama mine in Argentina, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Sisters take on mining giant
by Michael SwanCatholic Register
February 29th, 2008
The Quebec-based teaching order Les Soeurs des Sainte-Anne, with the backing of Les Soeurs des Saints Noms de Jesus et de Marie and the union-backed pension and mutual fund company Batirente, want Barrick Gold Corp. to answer questions about the company’s $2.4-billion Pascua Lama project, an open pit gold mine the company is developing high in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile.

CHILE-ARGENTINA: Pascua Lama Mining Project on Hold
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service
January 17th, 2008
Nearly two years after winning environmental approval from the Chilean government, the controversial Pascua Lama gold mining project of the transnational Barrick Gold Corporation remains without a launch date.

by Alex CacciariSantiago Times
December 13th, 2007
Leaders of the Chilean environmental movement spoke out Wednesday against the National Environmental Commission’s (CONAMA) support of the government’s monitoring of environmental NGO campaigns. This comes after the Chilean daily La Tercera disclosed last Friday that Chile’s National Intelligence Agency (ANI) has increased oversight of environmental campaigns against three of the country’s most controversial environmental undertakings – the Aysén dam, the Pascua Lama gold mine, and Celulosa Arauco’s (CELCO) proposed waste duct into the sea.

by Matt MalinowskiLa Tercera via The Santiago Times
December 10th, 2007
Environmental Activists Alarmed, But Not Surprised About The News

Barrick to buy Arizona Star for $773M, looking to cash in on high gold prices
The Canadian Press
TORONTO - Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) is hoping to cash in on high gold prices by buying Arizona Star Resource Corp. (TSXV:AZS) for C$773 million in a friendly deal that will give it control of one of the world's largest undeveloped gold and copper projects - the Cerro Casale deposit in Chile.

Barrick targets Chile project: Miner bids for Arizona Star to gain control of hugely expensive gold, copper venture
In a deal marking a bullish shift in sentiment for the world's largest producer, Barrick Gold Corp. is offering $773-million for Arizona Star Resource Corp. to gain control of a massive gold and copper project in Chile that has languished in uncertainty for more than a decade.

by El Mercurio (via The Santiago Times)Rob Bartlett
Canadian mining company Barrick Gold won a key legal battle in Chile’s legal system on Monday when an Appeals Court annulled a lower court ruling which, if it had stood, would have seriously hampered the company’s US$2.4 billion Pascua Lama gold mine project.

by Trey PollardSantiago Times/El Mercurio
September 11th, 2007
Huasco Valley property owners who live below the Pascua Lama gold mine and administer US$3 million yearly in “hush” money given them by mine owner Barrick Gold charged this weekend that their predecessors used Barrick’s money for personal gain.

PM's interest in Latin America easily explained
by Thomas WalkomThe Star
August 3rd, 2007
On the face of it, Stephen Harper's sudden new fascination with Latin America is baffling. Until February, he expressed no interest in the region. Now, after a six-day swing through Colombia, Chile, Barbados and Haiti, he has declared South America a key foreign policy priority.

Barrick cautious over Pascua Lama
by Cameron FrenchReuters
TORONTO -- Barrick Gold Corp. is "cautious" about the approval process for its Pascua-Lama gold project and could face construction delays if it can't soon reach agreements with the governments of Chile and Argentina, chief executive officer Greg Wilkins said yesterday.

Declaration delivered during the demonstration and received by Barrick to give to the Prime Minister

Canadian Prime Minister enters Barrick's Offices through the Back Door
The Dominion
Two hours late and in the presence of a huge security entourage that included guards, police and special forces, Stephen Harper arrived at the offices of Barrick Gold and entered through the parking area, in order to avoid the peoples' protest that started at 8:00 am at the entrance to the building.

Harper's visit to Barrick draws group of protesters
by Allan Woods Toronto Star
SANTIAGO, CHILE–Prime Minister Stephen Harper was greeted by a small group of protesters as he visited mining giant Barrick Gold's headquarters in Chile yesterday.

Protesters say 'Harper go home' on PM's last day in Chile
The Canadian Press
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was greeted with "Harper go home" and "Canada: What's HARPERing here?" signs on Wednesday morning as he spent his last day in Chile visiting a controversial Canadian mining company.

Controversia por mina de oro espera al Pimer Ministro en Santiago
by Allan Woods (versión en español de Luis Manuel Claps)Toronto Star
SANTIAGO, CHILE – Un viaje de buenas noticias y estrechamiento de lazos con América Latina encontrará los primeros signos de controversia esta mañana cuando el Primer Ministro Stephen Harper visite una empresa minera canadiense que, según sus críticos, provocará daños en el medioambiente y las poblaciones locales.

Gold mine controversy awaits PM in Santiago
by Allan Woods
SANTIAGO, CHILE–A good-news trip of trade and closer ties with Latin America will encounter the first signs of controversy this morning when Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits a Canadian mining operation that critics say will hurt the environment and local people.

PM turns Canada's focus south
OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper sets off for Latin America and the Caribbean tomorrow to wave the Canadian flag in a region that the government, in a major foreign policy shift, now considers "our neighbourhood."

CHILE: Barrick Land Rip-off on Trial
by Monica EvansThe Valparaiso Times
July 13th, 2007
A Court of Appeals trial began last Friday to determine who rightfully owns 8,600 hectares of land that Canadian mining company Barrick Gold bought from illiterate farmer Rodolfo Villar for 10,000 pesos (US$20).

Gold rush threatens glacier
by Lucia Newman in the Huasco Valley, ChileAl Jazeera
Hernan Calderon says he is just an "insignificant insect" to the owners of the Pascua Lama gold mine high in the Andes mountains in northern Chile. The cattle herder used to be able to check his herds in the fields of the Huasco Valley via a public road. He now requires a key for a gate erected after the land was bought by the Canadian company Barrick Gold, the largest mining company in the world.

Congressmen Seek Pascua Lama Review Because Of Glacier Damage
by Monica EvansSantiago Times, EL CIUDADANO
A TV news report last week revealing drastic destruction of glaciers near the Pascua Lama gold mine project prompted the Chamber of Deputies to call for an inquiry into the mining project.

Deputies Call For Inquiry Into Chile's Pascua Lama Project
by Monica EvansValparaiso Times, EL CIUDADANO
A report revealing drastic destruction of glaciers last week prompted deputies in the Chamber of Deputies, Valparaíso, to call for an inquiry into the Pascua Lama mining project.

Chile's Glaciers Demand Greater Attention
by Mike HagerSantiago Times
(June 12, 2007) A new book about Chile’s vast glacier reserves aims to focus greater public attention on the important role glaciers play in the nation’s water systems and in its natural patrimony.

ENVIRONMENT: Chile's Biggest Freshwater Reserve Left Unprotected
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service News Agency (IPS)
SANTIAGO, Jun 12 (IPS/IFEJ) - Chile possesses vast freshwater reserves in its glaciers, but lacks laws to protect them. Lawmakers, farmers and environmentalists are calling for legislation to fill that gap.

Chile: Vallenar Marchers Reject Pascua Lama Project - Again
by Monica EvansThe Santiago Times
June 12th, 2007
“Water is worth more than gold!” was the chief battle of protesters in a June 2 march against the Pascua Lama mining project and the company responsible, Canadian-based transnational Barrick Gold. The march has become an annual event for Region III's Vallenar (the closest main town to Pascua Lama) since news of the project reached the community over three years ago.

International Day of Action: Agua sí, oro no
Pagina 12
Organizaciones ambientalistas y de damnificados por la minería a cielo abierto de Argentina, Chile, Perú, Canadá y Australia realizarán hoy una "actividad de denuncia y resistencia contra la minería a cielo abierto". Los movimientos vecinales organizados en distintos puntos del país, como Esquel y Famatina, participarán con un escrache a las oficinas de la empresa Barrick Gold en Buenos Aires.

Worldwide Anti-Barrick Day in Santiago, Chile
by María José Martínez
News Articles about the Day of Action in Santiago, Chile.

Fighting a gold Goliath; In Chile's high Andes, a speculator battles mining firm Barrick over a land claim that could be worth millions
by Rick WestheadToronto Star
March 10th, 2007
A Chilean court agreed last fall that Villar had been wronged and ordered Barrick to return the rights to the plot. The contentious court decision, which the company is appealing, now threatens to at least delay Barrick's efforts to tap one of the world's largest undeveloped deposits of gold, silver and copper, as it wrestles with the multi-million-dollar legal claim.

In Chile, Precious Lands Often Go for a Pittance
by Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign Service
December 26th, 2006
The mountainous terrain of northern Chile is studded with precious metals, a natural cache that for years has had investors angling for land rights. So when the world's largest gold mining company targeted about 20,000 acres owned by Rodolfo Villar, a mineral speculator, he signed a contract. Only later, he said, did he realize how much the company had agreed to pay him: About $19.

The problem of mining in the Andes? You have to move glaciers
by Oliver BalchGuardian Unlimited
May 3rd, 2006
High up in the Andes, the diggers are preparing to move in. The Pascua Lama mine, situated on the border between Argentina and Chile, promises to become one of Latin America's largest gold mines. But mining gold at 4,600 metres above sea level has its problems. The original plans of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold included "relocating" three huge glaciers - a decision since blocked by Chile's environment authorities.

Chile Approves Glacier Gold Mine
by Staff WritersAgence France-Presse
February 15th, 2006
Chile Wednesday approved a controversial project by the world's leading gold producer, Barrick Gold, to tunnel for the precious metal underneath three glaciers in the northern Andes mountains.

FUTURE UNCERTAIN FOR CHILE’S PASCUA LAMA GOLD MINE: Presidential Candidates Voice Doubts About The Project
by Wanda PraamsmaSantiago Times
January 10th, 2006
The future looks uncertain for the controversial Pascua Lama gold mine project in Chile’s northern Region III. Environmental advisors to the both presidential candidates now vying for office say their new, incoming government will not support the gold mine.


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