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Santo Domingo.- A joint unofficial study revealed Wednesday that inhaled toxins sickened the 326 Barrick Gold mining company employees last week, when executives had initially blamed the mishap on food poisoning in the cafeteria of the site located in Pueblo Viejo (northeast).

The study by the Science Academy’s environmental team and the Santo Domingo State University UASD’s Environmental Commission and Chemistry Institute states that the illnesses weren’t from bacterial infection, noting that neither the symptoms nor the treatment were congruent with the workers’ complaints.

It said symptoms such as tearing, eye and nose irritation, and muscular weakness in both extremities and strong, irritating and nauseous pains evident in the workers are more akin to a chemical poisoning and inhalation of a toxic gas, “and cannot be linked to a bacterial infection or a toxin of bacterial origin developed after the infection.”

The study also notes that there’s no coprology or copro-culture evidence of a bacterium infection which has been identified in all cases as the common causal factor cause which ailed the hundreds of workers.

Another aspect the study took into account that none of the patients were treated with anti-bacterial antibiotics, and whose recovery can be attributed to the fact of just having leaving the affected area, which bolsters the evidence of air tainted by toxic gases which affected the workers.

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Written by: josean, 24 Mar 2010 12:51 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

I am sharpening the Pitchfork!
Written by: xwill7, 24 Mar 2010 12:58 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
someone must have been cutting corners when this happened
Written by: JimHarrington This user is banned, 24 Mar 2010 1:29 PM
From: United States
I told you they were lieing.
They lie right through there teeth. Barrick should fit in fine with the Dominican PLD government.
Written by: Gringo_1, 24 Mar 2010 1:57 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
Blut is driving the bus. Pick me up in Maimon.
Written by: xwill7, 24 Mar 2010 2:33 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
gringo,
watch out blut always has a bottle under the driver seat
Written by: dreadlocks, 24 Mar 2010 2:41 PM
From: United States
Texasshoe, be mindful of the term UNOFFICIAL REPORT. that is just a way of saying, in other words, SPECULATION. and Gringo, i was hoping that you guys can make a quick pit stop and pick me up in front of the Texaco station in the square at Imbert, if it is not too much trouble.
Written by: Sajomero, 24 Mar 2010 3:03 PM
From: United States, Del primer Santiago de America....y el mejor!!!
Did any of you guys noticed that most of the employees are not even Dominicans?? When I first saw the footage the first thing that came to mind was that it was from South America. Then someone leaked it out that apparently Barrick is bringing in people from Peru and Ecuador to work there, instead of the poor Dominican suckers.
Written by: anthonyC, 24 Mar 2010 5:03 PM
From: United States
Hahahaha....Politics as usual in the DR. The Government Looters want a bigger cut and so they unleash the Science Academy’s environmental team and the Santo Domingo State University UASD’s Environmental Commission and Chemistry Institute.

Right! Those 2 groups are not biased in any way!!!
Written by: josean, 24 Mar 2010 5:09 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Neither are you of course!
Written by: Gringo_1, 24 Mar 2010 5:54 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
Still waiting for Blut in Maimon......I guess he stopped off for a couple of frias and forgot about his buddies. Makes me sad!
Written by: dreadlocks, 24 Mar 2010 5:55 PM
From: United States
trust me on this one, folks, because, sometimes i am right. here is the postulate...human stupidity, in certain instances, is limitless. here is the proof..several workers came down with an undetermined illness, which , in certain cases, required hospitalisation. in order to determine the origins, and thereby take steps to prevent its recurrence, the government has sent in groups of scientists from the organisations it considers most competent to trace the genesis of the problem. the insertion of these groups into the affair prompts anthonyc to speculate that this is an attempt to extort the company. the prosecution rests. i think my case has been proven
Written by: dreadlocks, 24 Mar 2010 5:57 PM
From: United States
or, Gringo, maybe the problem can be traced to his jalopy. it is probably as decrepit as he is.
Written by: josean, 24 Mar 2010 6:07 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

A 1953 Nash Rambler with three on column!

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1953-1955-nash-rambler.htm
Written by: dreadlocks, 24 Mar 2010 6:58 PM
From: United States
he wishes, Josean.
Written by: Grosero, 24 Mar 2010 11:07 PM
From: United States
Barrick is just bad all around for the Dominican

only a select few benifit
Written by: daswolfgang, 25 Mar 2010 9:07 PM
From: United States, north hills ,NY
the barrick gold dont like dominicans working in the mine.
They bring theirs workers from peru.
They made the dominican sick ,so they dont want to work overthere.
To work in there look very danger.
Written by: kalgoorliekid, 25 Mar 2010 9:34 PM
From: Australia
“The Canadian Government has far higher environmental standards..."

Well no Blutarsky, they have not. Officially Canada’s GHG emissions have increased by 32 per cent in 15 years. Canada is one of the world’s largest GHG emitters and ranks 16th out of 17 OECD countries on GHG emissions per capita and scores a “D” grade.

Big time polluters, Australia, Canada and the US squark about their “stringent” regulatory systems while concealing the environmental carnage caused by self-monitoring, self-regulated, self-corrupted miners that pollute and kill with impunity.

Between the grim reapers in mining, the multi-national sharks in the pesticide/chemical industry and our thoroughly ignorant and avaricious governments, I assure you the entire planet is suffering a lingering death from a thousand cuts.

http://www.miningwatch.ca/index.php?/IAMGOLD/Canadian_Gold_Mining


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