19 Feb 2013 – 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
CHILE, SANTIAGO — Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold is denying that activity at its Pascua Lama mine has had no affect on Andean glaciers in the region. The deterioration of the glaciers is the result of climate change, the company the Court of Appeals of Copiapó, Chile.
Barrick Gold made its arguments before the court last month, but they were only made public last week.
The company argued that the glacier impacts “obey multiple climate, geographic and technical factors. The company also says that the decrease in size of the bodies of ice has not affected the hydric resources of the area, nor the availability of water in the basin of the Huasco River.
Barrick attorney José Antonio Urrutia said the company “rejects the accusations of intervention or destruction of the bodies of ice.”…
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