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It was the worst environmental disaster in Guyana and one of the most devastating in recent South Am

Published by MAC on 2003-07-15


It was the worst environmental disaster in Guyana and one of the most devastating in recent South American history. In August 1995, the Omai gold mine tailings dam collapsed, resulting in a cascade of cyanide-laden sludge and heavy metals into the country's main river, the Essequibo. Attempts to bring the culprits to court - including Cambior and Golden Star - and secure damages for the affected riverain communities have so far failed. However, a new attempt is now being made.

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