Jachal Residents Protest Reopening of Veladero Mine

10 Oct 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

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 Se Toca (“You Don’t Touch Jáchal”) movement took over the local town hall on October 5th.The San Juan provincial government had temporarily suspended operations at the Veladero mine after a pipe carrying process solution -- which includes cyanide -- was damaged by a large block of ice that rolled down from the heap leach valley slope on September 8th.On September 30th Judge Pablo Oritja upheld the suspension, citing a report from provincial mining police, who found that Barrick had not carried out sufficient repairs after the processing solution leak...

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