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Where NOT to put a cyanide leaching goldmine!
Save Lake Cowal Campaign
December 8th, 2010
On Sunday 21 November, Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Neville ‘Chappy’ Williams, Friends of the Earth campaigner, Natalie Lowrey and photojournalist, Conor Ashleigh took an aerial flight over Lake Cowal.Lake Cowal is an ephemeral lake which has a wet and dry cycle of 20 years. The past 10 years has seen the central western NSW region where Lake Cowal is situated in drought, but many like Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Neville ‘Chappy’ Williams has warned of the big wet seasons. In the past 6 weeks this area has seen huge amounts of rainfall, Lake Cowal is 75% full of water. Once paradise to much wildlife and leisure time for locals, Lake Cowal now has a large open cut pit penetrating into it lake bed.

Munk’s dubious mining morality
by John McKay, Liberal MP, OttawaThe Star.com: 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.

Internationally Significant Environment, not clapped-out cattle country
by Diet SimonIndependent Media Center Australia
Over the past three days Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Neville 'Chappy' Williams has been back in the Land and Environment Court challenging Barrick Gold's expansion of its' cyanide leaching mine in Lake Cowal – the Sacred Heartland of the Wiradjuri Nation. “This is not a modification, it is a radical transformation which will destroy Aboriginal sites, including already registered sites and will further desecrate our country,” said Mr. Williams.

Testimony before Canadian Parliament re Barrick & Porgera JV (Papua New Guinea)
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
In October & November 2009, the Canadian House of Commons' Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs & Intl. Development held hearings on "Bill C-300, An Act respecting Corporate Accountability". The following statements were made regarding issues including allegations of killings, rape & other security problems involving personnel at the Porgera Joint Venture in Papua New Guinea, as well as the Porgera mine's environmental impacts. (Barrick Gold holds a large majority stake of the Porgera Joint Venture.)

Mining Through Roots: Displacement, Poverty and the Global Extractive Industry
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net
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.

Munk takes on mine protesters, defends capitalism: ‘We do not need your money,’ Indigenous Chilean woman tells Barrick Gold
by John SpearsThe Star
April 28th, 2010
Mark Ekepa journeyed from Papua New Guinea to tell the shareholders of Barrick Gold Corp. how police had burned down his house near the Barrick’s Porgera mine. Idolia Bornones travelled from Chile to say that Barrick operations are damaging local glaciers and rivers. But Barrick chairman Peter Munk was unrepentant as he faced the company’s annual meeting.

Barrick Gold year in Review: One Company, 9 Countries, Countless abuses
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net
April 26th, 2010
From mass poisonings and mass mobilizations in the Dominican Republic, to damning reports in PNG and Tanzania to lawsuits in Chile and the US, Barrick has had its hands full this year in dealing with mounting opposition to its mines. In this Year in Review, you'll find out the ways that Barrick has damaged communities around the world and the many ways that communities are fighting back and demanding justice.

The campaign to save Lake Cowal
by Felicity RoydsThe Green Left Weekly
March 13th, 2010
Lake Cowal, located between the Murrumbidgee and Lachlan rivers that feed into the Murray Darling basin, is the sacred heartland of the Wiradjuri country. The important wetland and conservation area is also home to an open-pit goldmine, operated by Canada-based multinational Barrick Gold.

Activists call for mine closures in face of Lachlan water crisis
savelakecowal.org
October 27th, 2009
Aboriginal elders and environmental activists are calling for mining in the Lachlan Catchment of New South Wales to be halted as the Wyangala Dam dries up.

Mine water use apparently ignored in water crisis
Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network
October 26th, 2009
“Following the decision of authorities on 23 October to halve water flows from the Wyangala Dam on 1 November 2009 and the spectre of towns without water, we can’t understand why mines and exploration projects in the Lachlan Catchment are not being closed down,” said Wiradjuri Elder, Neville Williams.

Water crisis in west as Lachlan River runs dry
by MARIAN WILKINSON AND BEN CUBBYSydney Morning Herald
October 24th, 2009
THOUSANDS of households in western NSW are facing an unprecedented water crisis and the State Government is stepping up plans to help truck water to several towns, while others will be restricted to using water only for critical human needs.

Mine expansion delayed by Indigenous owners
by Simon ButlerGreenLeft Weekly
July 4th, 2009
The NSW Supreme court of appeal ruled on July 1 that a planned expansion of the Lake Cowal gold mine in the central-west of NSW cannot go ahead for up to three months.

** 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.

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA: 28 manifestantes pacíficos detenidos al ocupar mina de Barrick Gold en Lake Cowal, Australia 12 de abril, 2009.
April 12th, 2009
28 manifestnates fueron detenidos esta mañana en la operación minera Lake Cowal de Barrick Gold, al centro de Nueva Gales del Sur del oeste. Los manifestantes fueron autorizados a ingresar al predio por sus propietarios tradicionales del pueblo Wiradjuri.

Preselsendo: 28 pacaj manifestaciantoj arestitaj post permeso okupi orminejon
April 12th, 2009
28 manifestaciantoj estis arestitaj ĉi-matene ĉe la orminejo de Barrick Gold ĉe Lake Cowal, centr-okcidente en Novsudkimrujo. Ili ricevis permeson de Wiradjuri (Ŭiraĝuri) Tradiciaj Posedantoj de ĉirkaŭ Lake Cowal eniri al la minejon.

Communiqué de presse: 28 manifestants pacifiques arrêtés après avoir été autorisés à occuper une mine d'or
April 12th, 2009
28 manifestants ont été arrêtés ce matin à la mine d'or de Barrick Gold à Lake Cowal, dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Galles du Sud. Ils avaient cependant reçu l'autorisation des occupants traditionnels de la région de Lake Cowal et environs, de la nation aborigène de Wiradjuri.

MEDIA RELEASE: 28 peaceful protesters arrested after authorisation to occupy mine site
April 12th, 2009
28 protesters were arrested this morning at Barrick Gold's mine operation in Lake Cowal, central western New South Wales. They were authorised to enter the mine site by Wiradjuri Tradtional Owners of Lake Cowal and its surrounds.

MEDIA ALERT: Smoking ceremony, blockade and protesters occupy open cut pit halting mine operations.
April 12th, 2009
Wiradjuri Traditional Owners and supporters are inside Barrick Gold’s mine operation in Lake Cowal central western New South Wales currently halting operations. Wiradjuri are conducting a smoking ceremony inside the mine site. Over 10,000 artefacts have been stolen and kept by Barrick Gold Corporation at the mine site in a compound encircled by a 6 foot fence. Over 25 supporters are currently occupying the open-cut pit and several others are blockading the front gate to prevent shift change.

ACTION ALERT: Gold mine operation halted due to smoking ceremony
April 12th, 2009
Over 50 people have been lead to the edge of Barrick Gold Corporations mine site by Wiradjuri Traditional Owners of the Lake Cowal area in a ceremony to cleanse the land and to stop mine operations.

Indigenous activisits protest gold mine expansion
Radio Australia News
April 11th, 2009
In Australia, indigenous campaigners are holding a weekend-long protest to try to force the closure of a gold mine in central New South Wales.


 

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