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Barrick Gold

Mining Watch Canada

Barrick Gold completed its acquisition of Placer Dome Inc. on March 3, 2006. Various of Placer Dome's assets were subsequently sold to Goldcorp on May 12, 2006, including all Placer Dome's mining operations, reclamation and exploration properties in Canada, Placer Dome's interest in the La Coipa mine in Chile and 40% of Placer Dome's interest in the Pueblo Viejo project in the Dominican Republic.

Canadian-owned Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold producer, is exploring, building and operating huge, open-pit gold mines on nearly every continent on the planet.

A 2007 CorpWatch report details the operations of Barrick gold in nine different countries, focusing on the efforts on the part of the communities to seek justice from this powerful multinational.

The report includes: *individual profiles on Barrick's operations in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, the U.S., Australia, the Philippines, and Canada. * how Barrick's Valedero and Pascua Lama projects got placed in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve; * a roundup of mine security and police repression in Peru; * how miners have had their lives threatened and taken away in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea; * how Barrick threatens indigenous spiritual grounds of the Wiradjuri in Australia and the Western Shoshone in the U.S. * how Barrick threatens the water sources in water scarce areas in Chile, Argentina, Australia, and Nevada. In New South Wales, Australia, Barrick's mine is licensed to use 17 million liters on water per day. Meanwhile, that region is experiencing their worst drought in the last hundred years. * profiles of on-going community struggles against Barrick around the world

For more background articles go to Mining Watch Canada 


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