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NEWS: Chilean appeals court accepts request for injunction against Pascua Lama

Mining.com reports, “A Chilean appeals court has accepted a request for an injunction against Canada’s Barrick Gold and its Pascua Lama project, filed by a group of northern natives in conjunction with the local government’s environmental evaluation committee. According to radio University of Chile, the decision is based on studies that prove that show the destruction of three glaciers close to Pascua Lama: Toro 1, Toro 2 and Esperanza. The reports also show water resources have been heavily polluted due to deposition of sterile before the acid rock drainage plan starts operating, which would have prevented the damage. …In practical terms, yesterday’s resolution only means that the court considered a legal action is reasonable. The next step will be for the company, the indigenous groups and authorities to provide relevant background and proofs to the Chilean justice.”

More at http://www.mining.com/chiles-appeals-court-grants-injunction-against-barricks-pascua-lama-26571/.

Council of Canadians blogs on Pascua Lama can be read at http://canadians.org/blog/?s=pascua+lama.