(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) September 2, 2011 - At the site of the Pueblo Viejo project in the Dominican Republic, Barrick Gold Corporation is leading one of the mining industry’s most ambitious environmental rehabilitation projects.
The large-scale clean-up effort was necessitated by the improper closure of a former mine on the Pueblo Viejo property in 1999. Over the years, the old mine caused extensive contamination of soil and local waterways. Barrick has completed rehabilitation of the operating areas of the project to international standards.
In addition to site rehabilitation, Barrick has agreed to fund and manage the clean-up of the surrounding area, which will help to improve local living conditions. Under the original project agreement, the Dominican government was responsible for historic impacts outside the project area.
“Despite the fact that the contract between the company and the state stipulates that Barrick is only responsible for cleaning up the environment