Glacier Protected in Chile

April 12, 2013

Foro Pascua Lama
 Foro Pascua Lama

Dear friends,

We received thrilling news yesterday! Plans by Barrick Gold to remove a glacier in the Andes to make way for a gold mine have been shelved by a Chilean court.

In a press release issued yesterday, ELAW partners at the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA) in Cordoba, Argentina write:

"This confirms what communities and regulators having been saying for months: Barrick Gold is impacting glaciers, destroying high mountain wetlands, contaminating precious waterways with heavy metals, and ignoring regulations and official demands to clean up its act."

The gold mine that would have straddled Chile and Argentina was proposed for a site at the headwaters of the Estrecho River, under three glaciers that feed irrigation systems for 70,000 small farmers in the Huasco Valley, 660 km north of Santiago. Olive, grape, and vegetable farmers feared the project would harm local water supplies.

Read more here:

Reuters: Barrick heeds Chilean court, halts work on Pascua-Lama mine

CEDHA: Chilean Court Suspends Pascua Lama for Glacier, Wetlands and Water Contamination

ELAW: Moving Glaciers to Make Way for a Gold Mine

Congratulations to our partners at CEDHA and FIMA and everyone who has worked to challenge this short-sighted mining scheme!


Bern Johnson
Executive Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

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