Environmental Organisations Call for Protection in Pascua-Lama

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Environmental organisations Greenpeace, the Environment and Natural Resource Foundation, the Argentine Association of Environmental Lawyers, Argentine Friends of the Earth and Dialogue for the Environment, have presented a request to the Supreme Court of Justice and asked for the immediate cessation of the Pascua-Lama (San Juan) mining project, in accordance with the Glaciar Law and for the “immediate suspension” of preventative measures against its application in this province.

According to the request, the mining organisation Barrick Gold is violating the prohibition established in article 6 of the Law of Minimum Assumptions for the Protection of Glacial and Periglacial Environments in that it is already developing its activity on this territory.

Having presented this request, they are also seeking the “immediate suspension” of the preventative measures of the Federal Justice of San Juan “which prevent the application in the province of the key parts of the ruling. In addition, the request aims to guarantee the full effect of the Glaciar Protection Law and order the immediate carrying out of the national glaciar inventory and the environmental hearing to establish the ruling on the Pascua-Lama venture.

On the other hand, the judicial presentation is asking the National State, San Juan province and the Barrick Gold organisation and its subsidiaries to carry out clean-up operations in the area of the mining project , in light of the damage already caused.

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