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Chile judge to rule in July on Pascua Lama mine

July 2, 2013

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean judge will rule in July on a request by Diaguita Indians to block development at Barrick Gold Corp.’s Pascua Lama mine.

Appeals court Judge Antonio Ulloa told the Diario de Atacama newspaper on Tuesday that he has all the evidence needed to make a decision this month on the $8.5 billion project.

Ulloa temporarily suspended construction work in April after siding with the Diaguita against the world’s largest gold mining company.

The Diaguita live in the foothills of the Andes downstream from the mine. They say Pascua-Lama threatens their water supply and pollutes nearby glaciers.

The judge visited the mine a day earlier to review the suspended project.

Chile’s environmental regulator also temporarily halted Pascua-Lama in May and slapped Barrick with the highest environmental fine in Chile’s history.

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