Argentina: Jachal residents march to demand closure and remediation of the Veladero gold mine

Barrick’s open pit mine temporarily closed after another cyanide spill confirmed

Source: San Juan Hoy, Reuters, Argentina Independent (2016-09-26)

Jáchal residents are marching 155 Km to San Juan capital, in Northern Argentina, to demand the closure and remediation of the Veladero gold mine, and a prohibition on megamining in the province.

Authorities suspended operations at Barrick Gold’s Veladero mine after the company confirmed another cyanide spill on site, occurred on 8th September, days before the first anniversary of the country’s worst ever mining leak, also perpetrated by Barrick at the Veladero mine.

The investigation into last year’s spill confirmed that at least three rivers were contaminated, and also discovered that three other spills had occurred without public knowledge.

So far nine Barrick employees have been prosecuted, but local residents and environmental groups say the full extent of the damage has been covered up by the company with support from the provincial government.

Photos and video reporting of the march available here:


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