Chile: Supreme Court of Chile has authorized the termination of Barrick's Pascua Lama project.
Date Reported: 14 Jul 2022
CompaniesBarrick Gold - Parent Company
ProjectsPascua-Lama - Operation
Total individuals affected: Number unknownPublic entity: ( Number unknown - Chile , Mining , Gender not reported )
IssuesWater pollution , Soil pollution , Clean, Healthy & Sustainable Environment , Violation of environmental safety standards
Response sought: No
Source type: Lawsuit
"Chilean top court approves closure of Barrick’s Pascua Lama project", NS Energy
"The Supreme Court of Chile has approved the definitive closure of Barrick Gold’s $8.5bn Pascua Lama project which was ordered to be closed in 2018 by Chilean environmental regulator Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente (SMA).
The court rejected the appeals filed against the judgement of the First Environmental Court given in September 2020 in favour of the regulator....
SMA Superintendent of the Environment Emanuel Ibarra said: “With this sentence, the SMA must, first of all, continue to monitor compliance with the closure sanction, for which there is an informed closure schedule, whose compliance will be monitored in its various stages, understanding that it is an extensive process, that even requires a new admission to environmental evaluation, and procedures before the Sernageomin...
According to SMA, the sanctioning procedure has a total of 33 charges on the Pascua Lama project that pertain to flora, fauna, glaciers, water quality, human environment, and others.
Since 2013, the Pascua Lama project had been facing legal hurdles due to sanitation issues and alleged violation of the Glacier monitoring plan. Construction on the mining project was suspended then.
Following the First Environmental Court’s ruling in 2020, Barrick Gold said that it would transition the mine from care and maintenance to closure as per the court’s decision."