Report questions legitimacy of memorandum between Barrick Gold and Diaguita Indigenous communities

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Source: Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OLCA) - MiningWatch Canada
(Santiago/Ottawa) While Barrick has been offloading assets and reducing operational costs in order to improve its standing with shareholders, the social costs of the Pascua Lama project in Chile’s Huasco Valley continue to grow.

Despite company statements that community relations around Pascua Lama have improved with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Diaguita Indigenous communities in 2014, a report published by MiningWatch Canada and the Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OLCA) indicates that Barrick’s MOU undermined the ongoing resistance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations to this project.