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24 Nov 2008

Lisa J. Wolf, Environmental News Service [USA]

Shoshone Indians Sue to Stop Barrick's Nevada Gold Mine [USA]

Five tribal and public interest parties filed a lawsuit in Nevada Federal Court on Thursday, seeking an immediate injunction to stop one of the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines in the United States - the Cortez Hills Expansion Project on Mt. Tenabo. Canadian Barrick Gold...plans to construct and operate the mine in an area that the lawsuit states is "located entirely within the territory of the Western Shoshone Nation."…"well-known for its spiritual and cultural importance”…[Greg Lang, president of Barrick's North America region said] "The Cortez Hills Project has been the object of criticism from activists who oppose mining and support failed claims of Native American title to much of Nevada's public lands...The company will vigorously and expeditiously oppose any challenge"...