|Canadian Prime Minister enters Barrick's Offices through the Back Door
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 , TheStar.com
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|
by Allan Woods, OTTAWA BUREAU
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 Evans, The 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, Chile, Al 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 Evans, Santiago 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 Evans, Valparaiso 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 Hager, Santiago 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 Estrada, Inter 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 Evans, The 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|
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 Westhead, Toronto 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 Reel, Washington 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 Balch, Guardian 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 Writers, Agence 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 Praamsma, Santiago 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.