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3 Dec 2009

Lisa J. Wolf, Environmental News Service

Nevada Tribes Win Halt to Barrick Gold Mine Expansion

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered that a preliminary injunction be granted…that halts the expansion of the Cortez gold mine in Nevada owned by Barrick Gold Corporation…The ruling reverses the decision of the U.S. District Court in Nevada, which had denied the motion for preliminary injunction filed by the South Fork Band Council of Western Shoshone, the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, the Western Shoshone Defense Project, and Great Basin Resource Watch in November 2008…Today the appellate court ruled that the tribes are likely to succeed on the merits on their claims that the [Bureau of Land Management] violated the National Environmental Policy Act…