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Aboriginal leader blocks Barrick expansion

Published by MAC on 2009-02-10

After exposing the 2008 collapse of a pit wall at Barrick Gold's Lake Cowal mine in Australia, the sacred site's Aboriginal traditional owners have finally secured a halt to the company's expansions.

Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Neville Chappy Williams, has fought against the world's biggest gold miner for nearly a decade. This decision, though warmly welcomed, doesn't mean the struggle is over.

For background, see: http://www.minesandcommunities.org//article.php?a=8540


Victory for Wiradjuri In Campaign Against Barrick Gold!

MEDIA ALERT

6th February 2009

Traditional Owner wins injunction restraining Barrick Gold mine expansion

Yesterday the NSW Land and Environment Court handed down a decision in favour of Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Neville Chappy Williams, with an injunction restraining the NSW Minister of Planning from determining the E42 Modification Request for the proposed expansion of Barrick Gold's mine in Lake Cowal.

"We are very pleased with the result", stated Mr. Williams, "We have been fighting against the world's largest gold mining company, Barrick Gold, for nearly 10 years, we will continue to fight until we get justice. Barrick Gold has ridden shot gun over our this ecologically significant and sacred land for far too long. "

"We are also concerned about ongoing pit wall slippages and the
incredible increase of water use that would come with the proposed mine expansion."

Last year Mr. Williams made the journey to the Seventh Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York to put his recommendations forward about the human rights and environmental concerns of Barrick Gold's operation in Lake Cowal. This was part of a delegation of Indigenous Leaders from Papua New Guinea, Chile and the United States who voiced their concerns at Barrick Gold's shareholder meeting in Toronto, Canada.

The judgement can be accessed at: Williams v Minister for Planning
[2009] NSWLEC 5

For more info:
Neville Chappy Williams, Mooka/Kalara United Families within the
Wiradjuri Nation, Lake Cowal
0447 841 560

Al Oshlack, Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network
0415 140 410
www.protestbarrick.net


Propietario tradicional logra orden judicial que prohibe expansión de mina de Barrick Gold

Fuente: www.perth.indymedia.org

6 de febrero de 2009

El Tribunal de la Tierra y el Medio Ambiente de Nueva Gales del Sur dictó ayer una decisión en favor del Propietario Tradicional Wiradjuri, Chappy Neville Williams, con una orden judicial que prohibe al Ministro de Planificación decidir respecto de la solicitud de modificación E42 para la propuesta de ampliación de la mina a cielo abierto de Barrick Gold en el Lago Cowal.

"Estamos muy contentos con el resultado", declaró el Sr. Williams, "Hemos estado luchando contra la empresa minera de oro más grande del mundo, Barrick Gold, por casi 10 años, vamos a seguir luchando hasta que se haga justicia. Barrick Gold ha venido actuando por demasiado tiempo como guardia armado en este territorio sagrado nuestro, de tanto valor ecológico."

"También nos preocupa que sigan los deslizamientos en las paredes del tajo abierto y el increíble aumento del uso del agua que acompaña el proyecto de expansión de la mina".

El Sr. Williams viajó el año pasado a la séptima reunión del Foro Permanente sobre Cuestiones Indígenas de las Naciones Unidas en Nueva York, para presentar sus recomendaciones acerca de los derechos humanos y las preocupaciones ambientales por la operación de Barrick Gold en el Lago Cowal. Neville Williams formaba parte de una delegación de líderes indígenas de Papúa Nueva Guinea, Chile y Estados Unidos que expresaron su preocupación a la junta de accionistas de Barrick Gold en Toronto, Canadá, el año pasado.

Se puede acceder al fallo en: Williams v Minister for Planning [2009] NSWLEC 5
http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lecjudgments/2009nswlec.nsf/61f584670edbfba2ca2570d40081f438/55735c0ccd84d586ca25753e0079eeb6?opendocument

Para más información: http://www.olca.cl/oca/australia/lagocowal07.htm

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