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NEWS: Chile fines Barrick Gold $250,000 for violations by its Pascua Lama mine

Harper was greeted by placards opposing the Pascua Lama mine when he visited the Barrick Gold office in Santiago in July 2007. Photo by Ryan Remiorz/ Canadian Press.

Harper was greeted by placards opposing the Pascua Lama mine when he visited the Barrick Gold office in Santiago in July 2007. Photo by Ryan Remiorz/ Canadian Press.

Mining.com reports, “Chilean authorities charged the company with a $250,000 fine over its Pascua Lama mining project last week, forcing the miner to halt construction work due to alleged sanitation issues and violations of miner’s glacier monitoring plan.”

“Chile’s National Geology and Mining Service had ordered a halt to work in two parts of the Andean site Oct. 31 because the concentration of fine particles in the air exceeded safety limits. The Ministry of Mines has not ruled out the possibility of revoking Pascua Lama’s Environmental Qualification, warned (Minister of Mines Hernan de) Solminihac, but he added that would depend on an evaluation by the appropriate authorities.”

The article also notes, “Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic, which was hearing a case contesting the $3 billion Pueblo Viejo project, owned 60% by Barrick Gold and 40% by fellow Canadian Goldcorp.”

To read more, please see:
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