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Barrick Gold, owner of the Pascua Lama mine that spans the Chile-Argentina border, appeared in front of a Chilean court again on Monday, August 26th. This time, however, the multi-billion dollar corporation admitted that it had violated environmental regulations in the construction of its mining operation. The admission comes four months after a group of Diaguita communities successfully won a court case against the corporation and effectively shut down their operations. Continue reading
The Pascua Lama gold mine — owned by Barrick Gold — was ordered shut down earlier this year when a Diaguita community successfully challenged the mine’s environmental record in Chilean court. Ultimately, the company was fined US$16 million and ordered to resolve dozens of environmental issues. Today, in an interview with Reuters, Chile’s environmental regulator said that the infrastructure needed to resolve the issues could take up to two years to get in place. Even so, Chilean President Piñera publicly stated on May 30th, that he hopes the mine will one day operate again.
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According to Radio Universidad de Chile, one week after the Chilean appellate court in Copiapó sided with several Diaguita communities and granted an injunction to halt all action at the Pascua Lama mine (owned by Barrick Gold), the mining company filed a motion to ask the court to reconsider its injunction. The court will decide whether to accept or deny the request to reconsider in the next few days. The Diaguita communities’ lawyer, Alex Quevedo, said Barrick Gold’s request was an unusually rare maneuver and “lacked substance”. Continue reading
On Wednesday, April 10th, the Court of Appeals in Copiapó unanimously ordered all work at the Pascua Lama mine halted until further notice. The order was a result of a lawsuit brought by the Diaguita communities of the Huasco Valley in northern Chile and alleged that the mine’s work was violating multiple environmental regulations including regulations that protect three glaciers in the area from environmental harm and contamination. The decision marks the second time in the past 12 months that a Chilean court has halted a mine based on a lawsuit brought by Indigenous communities. Continue reading
On Friday, April 27th, Chile’s Supreme Court issued another decision in favor of indigenous peoples. This adds to the list of recent decisions that are slowly advancing in Chile the indigenous right to consultation. This latest decision involved the Comunidad Agrícola los Huasco Altinos and the “El Morro” mining project, owned by Sociedad Contractual Minera El Morro. The decision will halt the large mining project until consultation with the community can take place. The case is the subject of our latest column for I Love Chile News, which you can read here.
On Friday, March 30th, the Chilean Supreme Court decided their second case in a month where they ordered consultation with Indigenous peoples. The case came out of northern Chile where Aymara communities sought to stop prospective drilling occurring on their territories. Ultimately, the Court ordered the company Compañía Paguanta S.A. to halt its actions until an environmental impact study is performed and the Aymara people are consulted as is required by ILO Convention 169. Continue reading
Last week, the third chamber of the Chilean Supreme Court issued its ruling in a case which sought to halt the “Catanave mining project” in northern Chile on the basis that the government had not carried out consultation with the affected Aymara indigenous people. The Arica Court of Appeals had rejected the claims of the Aymara communities that filed the suit and the Supreme Court upheld that decision. Continue reading
On November 14, the Coordinadora Aymara de Defensa de los Recursos Naturales (Aymara Coordination for Natural Resource Defense) issued a declaration concerning proponed mining activities in northern Chile, and particularly the lack of consultation with Indigenous peoples. Continue reading
On August 28 in Arica, the Red por la Defensa del Medio Ambiente de Arica y Parinacota (Network for Environmental Defense of Arica and Parinacota) organized a march in protest of national government development policies and programs that are expected to have a negative environmental impact in the region of Arica and Parinacota. Continue reading
In June, President Piñera’s government announced its strategy for promoting development in the northern Region of Arica and Parinacota. The Region of Arica and Parinacota is where the Aymara people currently live and where their ancestral lands are located. Northern Chile is also the region where Chile’s mining enterprises are concentrated, Continue reading