U.S. Gold Mining Company to Strip Mine in the Patagonia

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Re: U.S. Gold Mining Company to Strip Mine in the Patagonia

Post by Fugger » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:31 am

admin wrote:The environmentalist are throwing a fit over the power lines for hydro-aysen. They should be throwing a fit over all the mining companies waiting for a the roads that will be built to support the power lines that will give them access to those mining rights across the Northern Patagonia.
Is undergrounding for the power lines even considered? Or are the increased costs assumed / deemed to outweigh the benefits?
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Re: U.S. Gold Mining Company to Strip Mine in the Patagonia

Post by admin » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:19 am

Na, I mean just the logstics of getting equipent in and gold out.

Meanwhile, I have thought about getting a pan and going up the rio blanco in the espolon valley. Let the glacier up the valley do the heavy excavating for you. I have heard a few people have had some luck in the area.

If not, I know there are some trout up there. Just takes a lot of hand eye cordination to fly fish and pan for gold at the same time.
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Re: U.S. Gold Mining Company to Strip Mine in the Patagonia

Post by want ta fish chile » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:11 pm

OK, now your starting to talk about something interesting , (fishing) Need people to post more about fishing so I can keep up with It till we can make the move

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Re: U.S. Gold Mining Company to Strip Mine in the Patagonia

Post by admin » Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:37 pm

I don't post more about fishing, because I don't have time to do it. It is just frigen depressing to sit in an office 1 block from the lake and not be able to go fishing. Guess it is better than sitting in an office building in Santiago talking about how I don't have time to go fishing.
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Re: U.S. Gold Mining Company to Strip Mine in the Patagonia

Post by nwdiver » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:16 pm

I'm going fishing with friends instead of down to TDP. Going over to Futa. and Yelcho there is great boca fishing on Yelcho.
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Re: U.S. Gold Mining Company to Strip Mine in the Patagonia

Post by peregrine77 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:01 pm

Just one more US tenticle that needs to be severed! Fires are best delt with when small, this must be extinguished soon. No IMF, no Agenda 21! We have all observed these plans ruin countries. Viva Chile!
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Re: ...how to reject 800,000,000 pesos...

Post by greg~judy » Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:03 pm

well, we wanted to share the news of the "brave and moral" Sisters here...
so we dredged up this (way-old 2007) thread...
and yes, such controversies will undoubtedly continue to haunt barrick's pr-folks!
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Chile: Catholic charity rejects Barrick Gold donation

The Chilean Catholic foundation Sisters of the Good Samaritan announced on July 6 that it was turning down an offer from the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation to donate 800 million pesos (about US$1.64 million) to build a shelter for the sick and disabled in Vallenar, capital of the northern province of Huasco. The charitable group based its refusal on the social and environmental conflicts the Canadian mining giant had created in the region.

The source of the conflicts has been Pascua Lama, an open-pit gold, silver and copper mine located partly in Argentina's San Juan province and partly in Chile's Huasco province. Opponents say the mine, which is scheduled to open in 2013, will deplete scarce water resources and contaminate the region through the use of toxic materials such as cyanide. Barrick, the world's largest gold mining company, has generated some support in the province by promising job creation and, according to opponents, by making donations to local groups.

On July 17 some 55 Chilean organizations issued a declaration praising the "bravery and moral quality" of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and calling on the Chilean government to provide the resources needed to build the shelter. Andrea Cisternas, the director of the Huasco Valley Social-Environmental Movement, expressed hope that other organizations would follow the charity's example. Cisternas remarked that "in the end, Barrick is doing these things under the table [and] is doing them badly. Now everyone knows it, because this buying of consciences maybe isn't just about consciences—life is also what's being sold." (Radio Universidad de Chile, July 13; Adital, Brazil, July 18)

Barrick has also received a setback in its Argentine operations. On July 3 the Argentine Supreme Court of Justice quashed preliminary injunctions the mining company had won from lower courts blocking parts of a law intended to protect glaciers. Environmental groups such as Greenpeace have charged that mining at Pascua Lama and at Veladero, an open-pit mine already in operation in the northwestern province of San Juan, is causing the shrinkage of glaciers, which are a key source of water in the region.

Barrick had won the injunctions by claiming the law was unconstitutional since it gave the national government power over mining operations, which had previously been under the control of the provinces. The Supreme Court didn't rule on the legislation's constitutionality but said "the law must be applied [until] its constitutional validity is resolved."
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Re: Barrick NOT to Strip Mine...

Post by greg~judy » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:31 pm

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ho-hum - time for a bump...?
another year has passed - another court decision handed down...
look - there will be NO strip-mining, for at least in the near-term future?
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Barrick Gold’s US$8.5 Pascua-Lama mine formally suspended by Chilean court until pollution standards met

SANTIAGO — A Chilean appeals court on Monday formally suspended Barrick Gold Corp’s controversial US$8.5 billion Pascua-Lama gold mine until the company builds infrastructure that will prevent water pollution.

In April, the Copiapo Court of Appeals temporarily and preventively froze construction of the project, which straddles the Chile-Argentine border high in the Andes, while it examined claims by indigenous communities that it has damaged pristine glaciers and harmed water supplies.

On Monday, the court said it was ordering a freeze on construction of the project until all measures required in the government’s environmental license for adequate water management, “as well as urgent and transitory measures required by the environmental regulator,” are adopted.

Chile’s environmental regulator has also suspended Pascua-Lama, citing major environmental violations, and asked Barrick, the world’s top gold miner, to build water management canals and drainage systems. Barrick has said it is fully committed to complying with all aspects of the regulator’s order.

The court ruling also called for the project’s environmental license to be reviewed and for all data on nearby glaciers to be presented to the regulator.

Barrick or the indigenous Diaguita community now have days to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

A source close to the company said Barrick is not likely to appeal the decision.

The Diaguitas could contest the ruling if they deem the measures imposed by the court are too weak, and could potentially ask the top court to seek Barrick’s permit be revoked, lawyer Lorenzo Soto told Reuters.

“If we appeal it would be because the safeguard as ordered aren’t sufficient,” Soto said.

A potential decision from the Supreme Court would likely be issued this year, but it is tricky to anticipate how it might rule on Pascua-Lama, originally forecast to produce 800,000 ounces to 850,000 ounces of gold per year in its first five years of full production.

Last year, the Supreme Court suspended a key permit for Canadian miner Goldcorp Inc’s El Morro copper-gold project, and rejected the planned US$5 billion Central Castilla thermo-electric power plant.

But it also cleared the way for the unpopular HidroAysen hydro-power project.

A full court-ordered halt of the project would be a major hit for Barrick as 80% of the metal reserves are on the Chilean side. It would also be a further blow to Chile’s business-friendly reputation.

Several big mining and power projects have faced setbacks in recent months in Chile, the world’s No. 1 copper producer, where around 60% of export revenue comes from the metal.

It remains unclear what kind of legal action Barrick could take if the permit for its project – whose construction was already well underway – were canceled or placed under review.

To be sure, the regulator told Reuters the project shouldn’t face a permanent block if Barrick meets all the requirements. The regulator added the earliest Pascua-Lama could be reactivated is one to two years.

But Chilean courts have appeared increasingly open to lawsuits from environmental or social groups against mega projects.

While Chile’s economy is riding a copper boom, many in the economically stratified country feel mining profits have bypassed them and hurt the environment, and are increasingly taking their demands to court.

Barrick said last month it is slowing construction at Pascua-Lama as it looks to rein in spending on the severely delayed project, already billions of dollars over budget.

Barrick’s U.S.-traded shares were up 0.5% to US$15.01 in Monday afternoon trading.
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Re: U.S. Gold Mining Company to Strip Mine in the Patagonia

Post by admin » Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:46 pm

Hey they did that one to themselves by playing fast and loose with the enviro laws. They did not put in the infrastructure they promised and half assed the enviromental study they were required to complete.
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