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Chile court orders 'total and definitive' closure of Barrick's Pascua-Lama project

Section: Daily Dispatches

By Cecilia Jamasmie, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Friday, September 18, 2020

Chile's environmental court has put the final nail in the coffin for Barrick Gold's giant Pascua-Lama gold-silver project, straddling the border with Argentina, which had been on hold since 2013 over environmental concerns.

Late Thursday the court dismissed a legal challenge from the company to a 2018 ruling. At the time, Chile's Environmental Protection Agency ordered the "total and definitive closure" of the project.

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The tribunal's president, Mauricio Ovideo, confirmed three of the five main charges against Barrick outlined in the environmental authority's original ruling. The sentence concludes that the Canadian miner failed to properly monitor glaciers surrounding the project. It also says Barrick's activities negatively affected the water quality the nearby Estrecho river.

The judge also ruled that the gold giant used an unauthorized methodology for calculating water quality levels, which is less detailed and strict than the one required in Chile.

The court also imposed a $9 million fine on the Canadian miner. ...

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