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In New Mexico, communities battle Barrick subsidiary Homestake's legacy of Uranium contamination.
Tanzania's Bulyanhulu and North Mara mines were built upon deaths, displacement and human rights abuses. While this happened while these mines were owned by other Canadian Mine Corporations, there have been recent alleged deaths by the hands of Barrick security guards. In 2009, two reports found potential life threatening levels of arsenic around Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania. The study investigated the area around the tailing dam and the site of an accidental spill that occurred on May 9, 2009. Despite that fact that these areas were tested four to seven months after the spill, this study shows that the water remains toxic for human consumption and grazing use.
Lake Cowal, New South Wales, Australia
Since the early 1990s, the campaign to stop Barrick's gold mine at Lake Cowal in central western NSW, Australia has focused on the cultural and ecological significance of the area. Powerful direct actions, community education and legal action carried out by local Aboriginal leaders, indigenous and community activists has tied up and cast grave doubts on Barrick Gold's huge Lake Cowal project.
Super-pit, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
As gold prices rise to nearly $US1000 an ounce, joint owners of the controversial Kalgoorlie Super Pit mine, Newmont Mining and Barrick Gold, want to dig deeper. Local Indigenous Ninga Mia community are protesting against the encroaching KCGM super pit because the levels of noise and dust from mining operations are making them sick.
From thousands of people marching through the streets of Vallenar, to the non-violent road blockadees, people have mobilized in Chile to oppose the Pascua Lama/Valedero project. The project endangers the natural and cultural balance of these valleys, as well as its water supply, affecting around 70,000 people in Chile and 24,000 in Argentina. The Diaguita Huascoaltinos currently have a case against Chile that has been admitted in the IACHR, for violating the Indigenous Community's right to self-determination in approving Barrick's Pascua Lama project.
Argentinians are mobilized en masse against the Pascua Lama/Valedero project, as well as Barrick's exploration in Mount Famatina. In March of 2007, neighborhood groups in La Rioja organized and created the political will to kick out the corrupt regional Governor aligned with Barrick Gold.
|Papua New Guinea|
In Papua New Guinea, Barrick dumps toxic mine tailings directly into the river. Meanwhile, the original landowners complain of a lack of compensation and infrastructure development, and a lack of access to Barrick officals. There is also a large scale human rights crisis involving the death and injury of small scale miners near the mine site. Most recently, in 2009, Barrick housed police who – based on situation reports from Barrick Gold – burnt down an entire hillside of houses adjacent to their Porgera Mine. Amnesty corroborated this human rights tragedy with a follow-up report in August 2009.
Peruvians protest Barrick in the Ancash region year after year with a regional 48 hour strike, supported by local politicians. The region is divided by Barrick's activities here and for many years, protesters have died in confrontations with the police during the strike. Meanwhile, Barrick has reportedly employed many of these police.
Cortez Mine, Nevada
Western Shoshone are fighting Barrick's expansion into sacred lands, with a coordinated community organizing and legal strategy. In New Mexico, communities battle Barrick subsidiary Homestake's legacy of Uranium contamination.
Despite the fact that Barrick is a Canadian company, it only has two operating projects in Canada: Eskay Creek in northern British Columbia, and the Hemlo Joint Venture on the north shore of Lake Superior in Ontario. It also has a number of closed mines in Canada, such as Renabie, and Golden Patricia. Each of these mines is located on traditional territory of Indigenous peoples, and each case study illustrates the environmental devastation that accompanies gold mining and the evasion of responsibility that is typical of mining companies.
In the Spring of 2006, when Barrick Gold took over Placer Dome, Inc. it inherited a law suit initiated by provincial authorities on the Philippine island of Marinduque, where 27 years of irresponsible mining by Placer Dome (1969-1996) had caused immense damage to the island of Marinduque and its people. Rather than settle the case, compensating Marinduquenos for lost livelihood and funding efforts to rehabilitate the damaged eco-systems, Barrick is waging an expensive and lengthy legal battle to avoid responsibility.
A popular movement is growing in the Dominican Republic where Barrick and Goldcorp’s Pueblo Viejo mine just started commercial production. Already the Local Confederation of Agricultural and Poultry Producers (CONFENAGRO), with over 3,000 members, rallied on April 12 to protest the contamination of water sources. Meanwhile, reports are confirming health issues and deaths to people and animals near Barrick's mine since they started construction.
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Since 1947, successive governments at the centre have pursued a policy of intimidation and coercion towards the Baloch. Most provincial governments have played the disgraceful role of legitimizing and lending respectability to army operations, forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, incarcerations and the acquisition of land. The goal has been to coerce the population into acquiescence so that exploitation can be conducted in a threat-free environment. Of late, much-publicised mega projects are actually depriving the Baloch of their resources and said to be adversely changing the demographic balance in the province.
In 2006, reports surfaced of mine workers in Russia being trapped in underground mine fires that are rife with environmental violations.
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