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  • 26 Mar 2020- 12:16 by Staff- Water Diplomat PHNOM PENH, Cambodia The government of Cambodia has announced that the country will not develop new hydropower dams on the Mekong River for the next 10 years, putting two planned dams at Sambor and Stung Treng on pause. The decision means that Laos, which
  • 27 Jul 2018- 08:19 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GENEVA, SWITZERLAND OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest "opinion columns" written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. Stuart Orr, Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice, driving the freshwater
  • 10 Oct 2016- 08:26 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Residents of the town of Jáchal, in Argentina’s San Juan province, stepped up protests last week after Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold announced it was resuming operations at the nearby Veladero mine. Members of the Jáchal No
  • 6 Oct 2016- 08:21 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina After receiving approval from local authorities, Barrick Gold Corp has resumed normal operations at its Veladero mine in Argentina’s San Juan province, the company said on October 3rd. The announcement came just a few days after
  • 3 Oct 2016- 09:59 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina An Argentinian judge on September 30th upheld the suspension of operations at Barrick Gold Corp's Veladero mine in San Juan province. In his decision, Judge Pablo Oritja cited a report from provincial mining police, which
  • 19 Sep 2016- 08:57 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina The government of Argentina’s San Juan province has temporarily suspended operations at Barrick Gold’s Veladero mine in the wake of a new spill at the site. A pipe carrying process solution-- which includes cyanide-- was damaged
  • 15 Jul 2016- 10:45 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Ten months after a major cyanide spill at Barrick Gold’s Veladero mine in Argentina’s San Juan province, local residents are demanding that the government shut down the project. Residents in the town of Jachal say nearby rivers
  • 16 May 2016- 10:28 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Leo Heileman, the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) new head for Latin America, is standing by his agency’s conclusions about the environmental impacts of last September's cyanide spill at Barrick Gold’s Veladero
  • 29 Apr 2016- 10:10 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Dozens of environmental activists gathered at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on April 27th for a silent protest to demand that President Mauricio Macri close Barrick Gold’s Veladero gold and silver mine in San Juan province.
  • 13 Apr 2016- 11:45 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Barrick Gold’s Veladero mine is located in periglacial area of Argentina, and therefore violates the country’s Glacier Law, according to a US geologist. The scientist, Robert Moran, visited the mine in San Juan province this week
  • 11 Apr 2016- 10:53 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand The ongoing drought in Thailand could affect the country’s energy security, Royal Irrigation Department chief Thongplew Kongchan has warned. Speaking at a seminar on drought, held over the weekend, Thongplew said water levels in the
  • 6 Apr 2016- 10:23 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand has declared 25 provinces-- which include 114 districts and 501 villages-- drought-stricken areas, according to Chatchai Promlert, head of the Department of Prevention and Mitigation of Public Disasters. The provinces have been
  • 29 Mar 2016- 10:19 by OOSKAnews Correspondent HANOI, Vietnam Vietnam’s economy has been hard hit by drought and saline intrusion, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat told a cabinet meeting on March 26th. The country’s economic growth in the first quarter of 2016 is lower than
  • 24 Mar 2016- 11:36 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Argentinian Federal Judge Sebastian Casanello this week ordered the creation of an expert commission to investigate conditions and practices at Barrick Gold’s Veladero mine in San Juan province, where a valve failure last
  • 14 Mar 2016- 10:14 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BUENOS AIRES, Argentina A court in Argentina’s San Juan province on March 11th fined Canadian miner Barrick Gold $9.8 million USD for a cyanide spill at its Veladero mine last September. Announcing the fine, San Juan Governor Sergio Unac said, &quot

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