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Cyanide spill in Argentine Andean mine triggers strong protests from local residents

Wednesday, September 16th 2015 - 08:16 UTC
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Residents of a town in the Argentine northwestern province of San Juan took to the streets in protest after an industrial malfunction caused a pipe carrying potentially lethal cyanide to the nearby Veladero gold mine to fracture and spill an amount of its contents in the area on Sunday. The news reached national level on Monday. Read full article


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  • Hlongwa MW

    I could not finish, reading the article due to my curiosity to know about the alternative supply of drinkable water whilst the investigation is in progress until the negative result of cyanide presence is confirmed. Maybe that it mentioned towards the end of the article. Because even the traces...

    Sep 16th, 2015 - 11:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tarquin Fin

    There's absolutely no alternative source of drinking water in the area. San Juan -like other provinces in west Argentina- rely on their tiny rivers -and dams- for this essential supply.
    Barrick Gold owns San Juan province. People in San Juan might have praised the sudden prosperity (Specially the governor, who is covertly capitalising on it). I wonder how they will feel when the tumours start to massively appear a few years from now.

    Sep 17th, 2015 - 12:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hlongwa MW

    A very disturbing situation there!

    Sep 17th, 2015 - 07:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Yet all these false allegations of the Falkland oil fields causing imaginary environmental disasters.
    Argentina -try sorting out the REAL environmental contamination THAT ACTUALLY happens in your own backyard before making false accusations.

    Sep 18th, 2015 - 07:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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