|Should I wear newly mined gold?|
by Lucy Siegle, Observer
April 1st, 2007
Every commodity seems to have a gold sobriquet now: green gold is biofuel, white gold is cotton, black gold either coffee or oil and even bananas are being referred to as yellow gold. All, of course, commodities hoping to emulate real gold's famous ability to hold its value and keep the world turning; however chaotic the economic environment it remains a symbol of stability. Some 140,000 tonnes sit around in bank vaults while just 2,500 tonnes is mined each year. Unfortunately, even mining this quantity of gold causes a disproportionate amount of ecological chaos. Firstly, open-cast mining - bear in mind some of the largest gold reserves are visible from space - uses cyanide poured on to the land, which draws out not just gold but also toxic substances such as arsenic. And while this should be a closed process, in reality the result is widespread contamination of the surrounding environment. Then there's the problem with mercury. Just last month a new University of Nevada report found 'startlingly high' concentrations of the substance in the air around Northern Nevada's gold mines (www.getthemercuryout.org).
|Famatina Says NO to Barrick Gold: Famatina Cannot Be Touched|
by David Modersbach, Mines and Communities
In the Argentine province of La Rioja, an astonishing series of events have lead to the ouster of a corrupt pro-mining provincial governor and the apparent withdrawal of gold mining giant Barrick Gold from operations on the Famatina range. Who was responsible for these events? A small group of dedicated neighbors who are fighting tooth and nail to save their mountain range from open-pit mining exploitation.
|Fighting a gold Goliath; In Chile's high Andes, a speculator battles mining firm Barrick over a land claim that could be worth millions|
by Rick Westhead, Toronto Star
March 10th, 2007
A Chilean court agreed last fall that Villar had been wronged and ordered Barrick to return the rights to the plot. The contentious court decision, which the company is appealing, now threatens to at least delay Barrick's efforts to tap one of the world's largest undeveloped deposits of gold, silver and copper, as it wrestles with the multi-million-dollar legal claim.
|In Chile, Precious Lands Often Go for a Pittance|
by Monte Reel, Washington Post Foreign Service
December 26th, 2006
The mountainous terrain of northern Chile is studded with precious metals, a natural cache that for years has had investors angling for land rights. So when the world's largest gold mining company targeted about 20,000 acres owned by Rodolfo Villar, a mineral speculator, he signed a contract. Only later, he said, did he realize how much the company had agreed to pay him: About $19.
|Barrick in alleged tax evasion scandal|
by Dar Es Salaam Reporter, This Day
November 21st, 2006
Transnational mining giant Barrick Gold Corporation has been accused of evasion and delay in payment of taxes amounting up to 2 bn/- in connection with its operations in Tanzania.
|Race to rescue Russian miners|
September 8th, 2006
Rescuers battled smoke and blistering temperatures on Friday to reach 31 miners trapped underground for nearly a day by a fire at a gold mine in Eastern Siberia.
|"There is Death in them thar' Pits": Canada's Barrick Gold in Tanzania|
by Tracy Glynn, The Dominion Paper
Small-scale miners and farmers have lost their land and livelihoods to open pit mining in Tanzania.
|Barrick Gold Mining Conflict Leaves Two Dead in Perú|
La Republica, Peru
May 7th, 2006
Thousands of campesinos from the 18 communities located in the high reaches of the Sechta mountains, location of the Barrick Gold Pierina Mines, protested May 6 to demand investigations and justice after the deaths of two of their members who were killed in a confrontation between police and community members. The incident took place Friday May 5, and left an additional twenty persons seriously injured, among them some policemen.
|The problem of mining in the Andes? You have to move glaciers|
by Oliver Balch, Guardian Unlimited
May 3rd, 2006
High up in the Andes, the diggers are preparing to move in. The Pascua Lama mine, situated on the border between Argentina and Chile, promises to become one of Latin America's largest gold mines. But mining gold at 4,600 metres above sea level has its problems. The original plans of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold included "relocating" three huge glaciers - a decision since blocked by Chile's environment authorities.
|Philippines Orders Cleanup of Mines Before Rains|
by Dolly Aglay, REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
MANILA - The Philippines said on Tuesday it had ordered owners of two mining areas in the country to clean up and improve their infrastructures before the start of the rainy season.
|Protesters vow to continue gold mine protest|
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
April 17th, 2006
Environmentalists are continuing to picket a New South Wales gold mine over the use of cyanide, which they claim will permanently poison the local water supply.
|Officials stall on delivering water to users of contaminated wells|
by Kathy Helms, Gallup Independent
March 9th, 2006
Results of groundwater sampling conducted in September 2005 by New Mexico Environment Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show contaminants in 33 of 34 residential wells sampled, including elevated levels of uranium in 21 of those wells.
|Chile Approves Glacier Gold Mine|
by Staff Writers, Agence France-Presse
February 15th, 2006
Chile Wednesday approved a controversial project by the world's leading gold producer, Barrick Gold, to tunnel for the precious metal underneath three glaciers in the northern Andes mountains.
FUTURE UNCERTAIN FOR CHILE’S PASCUA LAMA GOLD MINE: Presidential Candidates Voice Doubts About The Project|
by Wanda Praamsma, Santiago Times
January 10th, 2006
The future looks uncertain for the controversial Pascua Lama gold mine project in Chile’s northern Region III. Environmental advisors to the both presidential candidates now vying for office say their new, incoming government will not support the gold mine.
|Two killed after fracas at mining area
by PST Correspondent and Guardian Reporter, Guardian
July 22nd, 2005
Two people have been killed and property destroyed after a fracas pitting villagers against police and operatives of the Placer Dome-owned North Mara Gold Mine erupted in Tarime District, Mara Region.
|Peru strikers clash over Barrick tax ruling|
March 7th, 2005
Thousands of protesters angry at a court decision to waive a $141 million tax payment levied on Canadian miner Barrick Gold Inc. clashed with riot police in Peru's central Andes on Monday, the latest in a run of anti-mining protests in the mineral-rich nation.
|Scab mine workers had more severe uranium exposure|
by Kathy Helms, Gallup Independent
March 3rd, 2004
Israel Martinez used to work for at a uranium mine and mill. He made a good living nearly $10 an hour shoveling mud in the pitch ditch. Later on, he graduated to yellowcake. Now Martinez has pulmonary fibrosis. His medical records indicate it is from uranium exposure.
|The Men Who Moil For Gold|
by Stephen Kerr, Z Magazine
|EXPORTING DESTRUCTION: Report Says EDC is Putting People and the Environment at Risk|
by Asad Ismi, CCPA Monitor, November 2001
This article mentions several mining operations, including Barrick's Bulyanhulu Gold Mine (Tanzania).
|Regional Strike Against Canadian Mining Companies|
by Nicaragua Solidarity Network of NY, http://www.converge.org.nz/lac/articles/news990831a.htm