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Barrick Gold confirms deaths of 2 miners in Nevada mine shaft
by Martin GriffithAssociated Press
Searchers in Nevada found the remains of two miners at the bottom of a gold mine shaft, company officials said Saturday, after crews worked for more than 32 hours to safely access the area 1,300 feet underground.

Testimony before Canadian Parliament re Barrick & Porgera JV (Papua New Guinea)
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
In October & November 2009, the Canadian House of Commons' Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs & Intl. Development held hearings on "Bill C-300, An Act respecting Corporate Accountability". The following statements were made regarding issues including allegations of killings, rape & other security problems involving personnel at the Porgera Joint Venture in Papua New Guinea, as well as the Porgera mine's environmental impacts. (Barrick Gold holds a large majority stake of the Porgera Joint Venture.)

Tribe Loses Court Battle to Stop Gold Mine on Mount Tenabo
Native Strength
June 24th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, California, June 22, 2010 (ENS) – An Indian tribe, an indigenous rights support group and a mining watchdog group have failed in their joint court bid to block the expansion of a gold mine in northeastern Nevada.

Barrick Gold year in Review: One Company, 9 Countries, Countless abuses
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net
April 26th, 2010
From mass poisonings and mass mobilizations in the Dominican Republic, to damning reports in PNG and Tanzania to lawsuits in Chile and the US, Barrick has had its hands full this year in dealing with mounting opposition to its mines. In this Year in Review, you'll find out the ways that Barrick has damaged communities around the world and the many ways that communities are fighting back and demanding justice.

On the frontline of climate change
This week's massive climate conference in Bolivia played host to a geographically diverse group of diplomats from the US, well-versed in advancing tough negotiating postures, and working within a framework of international treaties often not worth the paper they're printed on. The US delegation didn't come from the state department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the department of energy. Yet one delegate was given central billing in the inaugural event that kicked off the conference earlier in the week.

Barrick Gold Suit May Cut Nevada Mine Output by Half (Update3)
by Joe SchneiderBloomberg
Barrick Gold Corp.’s plan to double production at a Nevada gold mine complex this year by digging out an additional $625 million in deposits may turn on a judge’s decision in an environmental suit by American Indian tribes.

US court blocks huge gold mine project in Nevada
by SCOTT SONNER Sacramento Bee/ Associated Press
December 3rd, 2009
A federal appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked construction of a massive gold mine project in northeast Nevada that critics say would harm the environment and ruin a mountain that several tribes consider sacred. In a rare legal setback for the mining industry in the nation's largest gold-producing state, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction to force Barrick Gold Corp. to postpone digging a 2,000-foot deep open pit at the Cortez Hills mine.

The President, the Gold Mine and the Politics of Greed
by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR CounterPunch
July 11th, 2009
At the precise moment George H. W. Bush, famous sky-diver, burst back into the headlines by renouncing his long-standing and ill-used membership in the National Rifle Association, the putative architect of the New World Order quietly sold his services to a much more invidious enterprise: American Barrick Resources Company.

Supreme Court ruling weakens Cortez challenge
by ADELLA HARDINGElko Daily Free Press
June 13th, 2009
The nation’s high court turned down an appeal from Indian tribes in Arizona that had a direct link to the lawsuit filed by Western Shoshone tribes, the Western Shoshone Defense Project and Great Basin Resource Watch. “We will be dropping the claim, but we will be going forward on the other issues,” Colorado-based Western Mining Action Project lawyer Jeff Parsons said this week.

Native Americans Ask Court to Stop Gold Mine on Sacred Mountain
by Lisa J. WolfEnvironment News Service
June 6th, 2009
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether the Canadian corporation Barrick Gold will be allowed to construct and operate an open pit gold mine on Mt. Tenabo in Nevada. The mine is planned on lands that are culturally and spiritually significant to the Western Shoshone native people.

** BARRICK MINING DISASTERS - Emergency Funds Needed **
May 21st, 2009
This has been a crazy past few weeks to be watchdogging Barrick Gold. Within the first week of starting our annual ProtestBarrick tour in Toronto, a Barrick-recommended military force in PNG started to torch hundreds of houses, allegedly to clear way for mine expansion. SO... we changed plans a bit, MiningWatch Canada sent an Urgent Appeal to several United Nations Special Rapporteurs and now we are now attending the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York! Amnesty International has also made a public statement on the recent events at Porgera.

Barrick Gold holds off scrutiny drive
by Dennis MyersReno News and Review
May 14th, 2009
A shareholder resolution calling Barrick Gold to account drew about 20 percent support of shares voted at the corporation’s annual meeting in Toronto. Ethical sponsored the shareholder resolution after Barrick rejected Ethical’s request for an assessment of the impact of Barrick’s conduct on Western Shoshone rights.

Western Shoshone gather at NV mountain being mined
by Martin GriffithAssociated Press
April 18th, 2009
Dozens of Western Shoshone tribal members and activists are holding an annual ceremonial event on the flank of a northern Nevada mountain that is at the heart of their legal battle against the world's biggest gold mining company.

I-Team: Mining Interests Face Further Scrutiny
by Chief Investigative Reporter George Knapp and Photojournalist Matt AdamsLas Vegas Now
April 17th, 2009
The quest for gold fueled the exploration and settlement of the west and contributed to the demise of Native American tribes. Now, a new gold rush is underway in Nevada and it is pitting indigenous tribes against their own people and has sparked ferocious court battles.

Corporate Social Responsibility Rules for Mining Industry Blasted: Barrick Gold Implicated
by Lee BerthiaumeEmbassy Magazine
April 1st, 2009
The Conservative government has rejected joint civil society-private sector calls to tie diplomatic and economic support for Canadian oil, gas and mining companies operating in developing countries to socially responsible conduct abroad. As a result, there are charges the government—allegedly influenced by mining giant Barrick Gold and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce—has given the green light for misbehaviour abroad, and killed the temporary peace between NGOs and mining companies.

Indigenous Peoples Want Global Moratorium on Mining, Other Extractive Projects
by JO VILLANUEVABulatat
March 28th, 2009
The united voice of the indigenous peoples swept from continent to continent in 37 countries calling their respective governments to stop large-scale mining and other extractive activities (oil and gas projects) in their indigenous lands until effective measures to safeguard their rights and the environment are in place.

UN to tackle mercury menace
by MICHAEL RICHARDSONThe Canberra Times
March 3rd, 2009
Fear sparked by global recession, strains on banks and volatile paper currencies has brought the glitter back to gold. Its value has been rising rapidly in recent months, as investors seek a safe-haven from the economic and financial storm.

Western Shoshone activist urges attention to mining’s destruction of tribal heritage
by Carol Berry, Today correspondentIndian Country Today
February 26th, 2009
Carrie Dann, iconic voice for Western Shoshone traditionalists, told an audience that Mount Tenabo in northeast Nevada sits atop gold deposits worth $8 billion to the mining industry, but it is central to tribal religious practices and “a lot of our creation stories stem from there.”

Harry Reid, Gold Member
by Josh HarkinsonMother Jones
February 24th, 2009
Elko is the wind-blasted heart of Nevada's mining country. The five surrounding counties produce all of the state's copper, almost a third of its silver, and nearly 90 percent of its gold. In 2007, mines in Nevada extracted nearly 190 tons of gold-three times the total yield in all other states. Only China, Australia, and South Africa dig up more. A billboard on the edge of town proclaims in a Victorian scrawl, "Discover the new economic gold rush."

Middle East & Africa: Mining – Tarnishing Canada’s name
Ethical Corporation
February 10th, 2009
With many African mining firms about to face bankruptcy, foreign investors’ ability to creating sustainable mining communities will be tested. Shielded from public view by their giant rivals BHP Billiton and AngloAmerican, a cluster of small Canadian firms has quietly revolutionised African mining.


 

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