|Million-Liter Cyanide Spill in Argentina Highlights Canadian Mining Crimes|
by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams
October 25th, 2015
Highlighting how corporate extractivism and lack of accountability is driving the destruction of Latin American communities, a Canadian mining company has now confirmed that more than one million liters of cyanide solution spilled from the Barrick Gold Veladero mine in San Juan, Argentina this month—making the spill more than four times larger than originally estimated.
|UN experts analyze water samples in San Juan after cyanide spill|
Buenos Aires Herald
September 20th, 2015
A group of United Nations (UN) experts started to analyze water samples of the rivers Jachal, Las Taguas and Blanco in San Juan to see if they have been polluted with cyanide, following an industrial malfunction at the Veladero mine that caused a pipe carrying the lethal substance to fracture.
|Leak poisons Barrick Gold’s reputation|
by Michael Lerner , Blouin News Business
September 18th, 2015
An Argentine judge on Wednesday ordered a five-day suspension of the gold leaching process at Barrick Gold Corp.’s Veladero mine in San Juan province. The purpose is to check if there was any environmental damage from a 15,000 liter cyanide leak on Sunday caused by a faulty valve. Local residents of Jáchal, outraged and fearful of their water supply being contaminated, began protesting as soon as they found out, and spurred the governments of the province and the nation to action.
|Porgera’s new joint owner has a terrible record in China|
by Yang Chuanmin, The Guardian UK
Chinese Zijin Mining has bought a 49.5% stake in Barrick Gold’s already troubled Porgera mine. The new owner has a terrible environmental and human rights record in China
|Court to hear injunction request against Barrick Gold extractions in Dominican Republic|
April 22nd, 2015
Sanchez Ramirez province (northeast) Civil Court judge Jacqueline Y. Ramos will hear on April 28 the request for an injunction to halt mining against Barrick Gold’s local operation Pueblo Viejo Dominicana filed by the missionary Rafael Guillén, EFE reports.
|Chile regulator seeks new sanctions against Barrick's Pascua-Lama|
April 22nd, 2015
Chile's environmental regulator SMA said on Wednesday it will seek new sanctions against Barrick Gold Corp's massive Pascua-Lama gold and silver project, further complicating the possibility that the suspended mine might resume construction.
|CONFRONT BARRICK GOLD 2015|
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28 WHERE: 255 Front St. (Metro Convention Centre) Toronto
|Swedish Public Funds Drop Stocks over Ethics Concerns|
Chief Investment Officer
April 9th, 2015
The Ethics Council, formed by four of Sweden’s national pension funds, has excluded three companies from investment portfolios after deciding further dialogue over their concerns would be fruitless.
|Barrick Settlement on Rapes and Killings in Papua New Guinea Proof that Victims Need Independent Legal Counsel|
April 3rd, 2015
April 3, 2015. Today, eleven of at least 120 women who claim to have been raped and gang raped by security guards at Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea, and three of many more men and their families who claim to have been the victims of violence and killing by security guards, finally got equitable settlements. These fortunate claimants were the clients of lawyers with US-based EarthRights International, who was prepared to file legal cases on their behalf.
|Canada mining firm compensates Papua New Guinea women after alleged rapes|
by Karen McVeigh, Guardian
April 3rd, 2015
Watchdog reported pattern of extreme sexual violence by security workers 11 tribal women said a previous ‘remedy framework’ for 137 women fell short
|200 girls and women raped: now 11 of them win better compensation from the world's biggest gold miner|
by Rick Feneley, Sydney Morning Herald
April 3rd, 2015
Out-of-court settlement prevents human rights group EarthRights International filing a lawsuit against Barrick Gold in the United States.
|JOHN BAIRD STRIKES GOLD WITH BARRICK|
by Sakura Saunders, Now Toronto
March 31st, 2015
Regardless of technical legality, Baird's former department oversaw the transfer of millions of dollars of public monies to Barrick Gold and Munk's projects
|Former foreign affairs minister John Baird joins Barrick Gold international advisory board|
by BRENT PATTERSON , Rabble
Former foreign affairs minister John Baird is now a member of the international advisory board for the Toronto-based mining giant Barrick Gold.
|Barrick faces multi-billion dollar suit over Porgera mine|
by Cecilia Jamasmie, Mining.com
March 19th, 2015
Canada's Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX:ABX), in the midst of a worldwide assets sale to help reduce net debt by at least $3 billion, has something else to worry about these days, as the firm is now facing a legal threat in Papua New Guinea.
|Porgera Gold Mine Landowners claim $US4b from Barrick|
Post Courier (PNG)
March 11th, 2015
MP Mangape says Barrick owes $US4 billion for breach of contract agreements including Special Mining Lease landowners’ resettlement packages, Fly in Fly Out agreement projects, infrastructure including roads and bridges, social and environmental damages. Mr Mangape on behalf of landowners from both Special Mining Lease (SML) and Lease for Mining Purposes (LMP) said the claim was genuine and if Barrick doesn’t pay, they will take it to the international arbitration.
|Unveiling Medals, Veiling Abuse: A profile of the mines sourcing PanAm Medals|
by compiled by Sakura Saunders
March 3rd, 2015
Barrick Gold and the Royal Canadian Mint today unveiled the design of the medals to be awarded to athletes at this summer's PanAm games. 4,000 competitions medals will be awarded during the course of both the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games. But why are we using this opportunity to promote the irresponsible practice of open pit gold mining, especially considering that we get more than enough gold these days from recycled sources? Specifically, why are we celebrating a mining company whose abuses are well documented and widespread. To illustrate my point, let's look at the three mines highlighted as the sources of the PanAm medals.
|Mine Landowners: Settle issues first|
February 19th, 2015
Landowners along the Pogera river who were affected by environmental damages caused by the Porgera Gold Mine have petitioned the government to intervene on their request for the developer Barrick Gold to compensate them for the damages caused to their environment and river systems.
|Miner plans to sell Porgera stake|
Post Courier (PNG)
February 17th, 2015
Mining Minister Byron Chan said Barrick Gold’s intention to sell 95 percent of shares is a commercial decision and the State has no control or privy over it. Meanwhile, Porgera Landowners Association chairman Tony Mark Ekepa said in a statement that before selling its 95 percent share off, the company must take into account the unresolved issues caused by the mine to the local communities for the past 25 years.
|Out-of-Court Settlement Good for Some Tanzanian Villagers – But Many Others Hindered from Participation by Barrick’s Grievance Mechanism|
Mining Watch Canada and RAID
February 9th, 2015
Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) and MiningWatch Canada (MiningWatch) recognise the significance of the settlement, announced on Friday 6 February 2015, of claims brought by Tanzanian villagers alleging that African Barrick Gold (now Acacia Mining) and its subsidiary were liable, through complicity, for killing and injuring of locals at the North Mara mine by police guarding the mine. The claims, brought by leading law firm Leigh Day, were denied by the companies.
|Acacia settles with Tanzanian villagers over mine fatalities|
February 6th, 2015
Gold miner Acacia (ACAA.L), formerly known as African Barrick, has settled out of court with Tanzanian villagers wanting compensation in relation to fatal incidents at its North Mara mine, the law firm representing the claimants said on Friday.