Chile gold mine to resume operations

AFP-JIJI

Chile’s visiting president said Thursday that Canadian firm Barrick Gold can resume operations at its massive gold mine in Chile, as long as environmental rules are followed.

Construction of the Pascua Lama project, which Barrick Gold launched in 2009, was suspended in April when a court accepted a complaint filed by indigenous groups on environmental grounds.

Chile’s environmental authorities on May 24 also slapped a $16.4 million fine on Nevada Mining Co. SpA, a Barrick Gold subsidiary, for “serious” violations at the unfinished gold mine.