|Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’
by Renee Lewis, Al Jazeera
January 28th, 2015
If the beauty and clean water of Loma Miranda is the before of mining projects in the Dominican Republic, Cotui, a town just an hour away in the Sánchez Ramírez province, is the after. A red-tinged and shrunken waterway welcomes visitors to Cotuí. It once supplied fresh water to residents. “The animals already knew,” said Mayobanex Arias, a rancher walking his cattle across a bridge over the river. “They would test the water, then not drink it.”
|Chilean Farmers And Foreign Mining Firms Face Off Over Andes Gold|
by Ramona Wadi, MintPress News
December 1st, 2014
Left out of the initial consultations were the indigenous communities whose livelihoods depend upon farming and water irrigation from the glaciers located within the mining range. Opposition to Barrick Gold has been loudest in Chile, where most of the designated mining area is located.
|‘Please tell people about this:’ London students’ horror at Dominican Republic mines|
by Mark Spowart, Metro
October 27th, 2014
Three London students were shocked by what they found last winter during a trip to the Dominican Republic. Canadian mining companies, they say, are destroying lives in the country.
|Barrick Gold refuses to relocate villagers who suffer murder, rape and house burning|
by Karl Nerenberg, Rabble.ca
September 12th, 2014
On Wednesday of this past week, a representative of thousands of people who live in the highlands of Papua New Guinea together with Canadian supporters came to Parliament Hill to tell Canadians about the highlanders' troubled relationship with Barrick Gold.
|Increased Violence at Barrick’s Porgera Mine: Indigenous Ipili send Envoy from Papua New Guinea to Canada|
September 11th, 2014
Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has long been associated with extreme violence against local men and women by mine security and state police associated with the mine. The level of human rights abuses at the mine has spiked again this year. In April, combined state police and army units were once again “called out” to Porgera by the PNG government to deal with Barrick’s ongoing inability to stop local people displaced by the mine from entering the pit and the mine’s massive uncontained waste flows in a desperate attempt to eke out a living from residual gold.
|Killings at UK-owned Tanzanian gold mine alarm MPs|
by Tracy McVeigh, The Observer
July 19th, 2014
Killings at a British-owned gold mine in east Africa have alarmed a group of MPs, lawyers and human rights campaigners, who have called on the British government to intervene.
|Porgera Burns: 200 houses razed, expat attacked in retaliation over raid on local miners|
by Johnny Poiya, Post Courier (PNG) (via PNG Mine Watch)
June 9th, 2014
MORE than 200 houses were burnt to the ground in Porgera by security personnel in the call-out operation during an early morning raid on Friday.
|Barrick Gold Faces Demonstration Against Human Rights, Environmental Abuses at Toronto AGM|
by Tim McSorley, DeSmog
Barrick Gold's shareholders will be greeted by a familiar sight in Toronto this morning: protesters are once again gathering outside the Annual General Meeting of the world's largest gold mining company to denouce the corporation's human rights and environmental abuses.
|CEDHA offers expert testimony against Barrick Gold in Chilean Tribunals|
April 27th, 2014
On the one year anniversary of the suspension of Pascua Lama due to impacts to glaciers and other water resources, Jorge Daniel Taillant, Director of the Center for Human Rights and Environment (in Argentina) spoke for two hours today before Chile’s Environmental Tribunal to answer questions regarding reports CEDHA has produced to draw attention to Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama project impacts to hitherto ignored but extremely relevant swaths of land called Periglacial Environments. These frozen hydrological resources help glaciated areas store and regulate water flow to downstream water basins for millions of people.
|Hearing in Grants, NM to review Barrick's Homestake site, where contamination has spread in recent years|
Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE)
April 25th, 2014
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is set to renew the Homestake Mining Company’s Discharge Permit, DP-200, with some modifications that would allow Homestake to nearly double its use of the public's water supply to dilute contaminants at its Superfund site.
|Behind Barrick's meltdown in the Atacama desert|
by STEPHANIE NOLEN, Globe and Mail
April 24th, 2014
In Chile today, you could spend a very long time trying to find anyone with a good word to say about Pascua-Lama.
|The Killing Continues at a Canadian-Owned Mine In Tanzania|
by Chris Oke, Vice
April 19th, 2014
In the past three years, 69 people have been killed by police at the North Mara Gold Mine, according to Wilson Mangure, a local ward councillor who has been tracking the incidents. In that same period, hundreds more have been severely injured. And the violence continues. In the first month of 2014 alone, four more people were killed, he said.
|Barrick Gold Using Coercive Settlement Provisions to Perpetuate Legacy of Environmental Harm|
by Michelle Harrison, Earth Rights International
March 31st, 2014
After nearly a decade of litigation over environmental devastation in the Philippines caused by Placer Dome’s mining operations (now Barrick Gold Corp.), Barrick has reportedly given the Province of Marinduque a take-it-or-leave-it settlement offer that would prohibit the Province from spending a penny to clean up the damage the company left behind.
|"Illegal miners" hit Porgera|
The National (PNG)
February 6th, 2014
A briefing from Barrick disclosed the following: An average of 396 illegal miners are trespassing on the special mining lease (SML) per day; An average of 14 confrontations occurred per day between company security men and illegal miners; About 170 injuries that were directly attributed to the activities of Illegal Miners at PJV were reported;
|Tanzania's gold rush and housing crush|
by Victoria Schneider, Al Jazeera
Mayenda says the Buzwagi Gold Mine is the reason the buildings collapsed, and she is not alone. Other villagers say their mud houses crack and collapse because of blasting at the open pit - Tanzania's largest. They say their children's coughs come from the dust blown over the village, and the water from the local wells is polluted from mine waste.
|PNG: Deadly clashes between locals & the world's biggest gold mining company|
by Peter Boyle, Green Left Weekly
December 6th, 2013
Violent clashes have once again erupted between local people, police and company security guards at the giant Porgera gold and silver mine in Papua New Guinea's highlands, operated and largely owned by the Canadian corporation Barrick Gold – the world's biggest gold mining company.
|Philippines: Marinduque 'pushed to the wall' by Barrick Gold |
by Catherine Coumans, Mining Watch Canada via Rabble.ca
October 22nd, 2013
Canada’s Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company that bought out Placer Dome, has spent the better half of a decade fighting the province in court rather than owning up to the company’s responsibility to put things right in Marinduque. Once again, Marinduque is the bellwether, evidence that for all its rhetoric about “responsible mining,” the mining industry is still more concerned with its bottom line than in doing what’s right. In spite of a long legal struggle with competent American lawyers, on September 17, Marinduque provincial administrator Eleuterio Raza told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Inquirer) that Barrick was offering the province around 20 million dollars, take it or leave it. According to the Inquirer “[t]he amount, however, would further be reduced to $13.5 million after litigation expenses had been paid. ‘These are crumbs,’ said Raza, ‘but we are being pushed to the wall.’” It is perfectly clear that this extremely low level of recovery from Barrick is woefully inadequate to protect the health and safety of Marinduquenos, which can only be secured through the comprehensive rehabilitation of all contaminated ecosystems and the stabilization or removal of shoddy dams and structures in the mountains of the island, as well as the tons of toxic waste that these dams are barely containing.
|Sickness and wealth: Shiny new mine, rusty pollution problems
September 21st, 2013
Residents are suing PVDC, claiming that the new mine is poisoning rivers, causing illnesses and the death of farm animals. They want the government to release the environmental-impact assessment for Pueblo Viejo, which it has so far refused to do.
|Five whistleblowers speak out against Barrick, court documents reveal|
Court documents filed by Labaton Sucharow LLP on August 2, 2013 related to a class action lawsuit on behalf of shareholders of Barrick Gold reveal the testimonies of five former Barrick employees. These confidential witnesses confirm that Barrick top management knew that construction at the Pascua Lama Project was contaminating nearby water sources and breaching environmental conditions that led to the suspension of the project. These witnesses also testify that at a time when the company was estimating that the Project's cost would be between $2.8 and $3 billion, Barrick already had in its possession an engineering report estimating costs for the Project at nearly twice that figure.
|Tanzanian villagers sue London-based African Barrick Gold for deaths and injuries|
Leigh Day Law Firm
July 30th, 2013
London law firm, Leigh Day, today (Tuesday 30 July) served African Barrick Gold (ABG) and North Mara Gold Mine Limited (NMGML) with legal proceedings filed in the UK High Court. The claim alleges that the companies are liable for the deaths and injuries of local villagers, including through complicity in the killing of at least 6 local villagers by police at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. The companies deny the allegations.