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COTUI, Dominican Republic. - President Leonel Fernandez on Tuesday defended the Government’s contract with the miner Barrick Gold, which is poised to extract gold in Pueblo Viejo, Cotui (northeast).

The chief executive, who arrived at the site around 12:30pm, said Barrick Gold pledges to assume the environmental liabilities in the zone, for which it aims to spend US$75.0 million.

Fernandez, during a tour of the mine with the Canada based miner’s CEO Aaron Regent, said Barrick is responsible, because it not only extracts gold and silver in the zone, but also works to protect the environment. “We’re aware of the work they do in the community. They’re working with the municipal government, with the communities on the basis of surmounting the social conflicts to benefit Cotui."

He said the contract with Barrick Gold places Dominican Republic on the global mining map and will boost growth of Dominican Republic’s Gross Domestic Product.

In his speech, the Head of State said Barrick’s project bears a special meaning for the country, converting it from a gold importer to an exporter. He stressed the country’s political, social and economic stability, and noted that Barrick’s investment of more than US$3.8 billion dollars is proof of that.

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Written by: josean, 7 Feb 2012 3:33 PM
From: United States, I AM CHARLIE Alexis in Greece.......Pablo in Spain and.......Guillermo in DR!

Lie-one Fernandez, an indictment waiting to happen!
Written by: Perez, 7 Feb 2012 4:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Ese p*to!!!
Written by: josean, 7 Feb 2012 4:05 PM
From: United States, I AM CHARLIE Alexis in Greece.......Pablo in Spain and.......Guillermo in DR!

"He stressed the country’s political, social and economic stability"

Of course not our EDUCATION; that’s why the high paying jobs are filled by Chileans and Peruvians nor could any national company develop the mine on its own so the Dominican people could enjoy more of the benefit of exploiting its own resources.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 7 Feb 2012 4:29 PM
From: United States
Everytime Barrick Gold go somewhere they destroy the whole ecosystem.. and not restauration at all. Only cyanide and dead fishes.. as always..
That's why the Barrick Gold is the most hated compaqny in the world....

From Canada, to Argentina, Chile,Peru, Bogota, Southafrica etc..There are riots everywhere..

Poor of dominicans that have to swallow all their poisons...
Written by: RobertoJose, 7 Feb 2012 4:54 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
I'd like to throw Ant-C at him
Written by: anthonyC, 7 Feb 2012 5:10 PM
From: United States
Written by: anthonyC, 7 Feb 2012 4:47 PM
From: United States
ohhhvictor is back to spew his lies!!!!

And Josie is quick on the b*tch!!!
Written by: RobertoJose, 7 Feb 2012 5:22 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
the other problem is that my dominicans are known not to follow through, all you need is a little grease money to get a group of inspectors on the pay-roll, they are golden and business as usual.

look at the way leo shows us how much he got paid that day..." they gave me THIS much"

Leo would look a lot better on that 5 dollar foot long commercial
Written by: Ricardolito, 7 Feb 2012 5:31 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I can see nothing wrong with either the investment of Barrick or the comments made by the President ,,,there will be a large financial boost to the Dr and all we need to make sure of is that all environmental issues are covered
Written by: josean, 7 Feb 2012 5:35 PM
From: United States, I AM CHARLIE Alexis in Greece.......Pablo in Spain and.......Guillermo in DR!

"or the comments made by the President'


Of course not, why doesn’t that surprise us!

If Lie-onel issued an order to execute you, you would buy the bullets!
Written by: josean, 7 Feb 2012 5:53 PM
From: United States, I AM CHARLIE Alexis in Greece.......Pablo in Spain and.......Guillermo in DR!

Wow Lie-onel could give William Randolph Hearst a lesson in Yellow Journalism and manipulating the press!

“El País, Naim and a lesson in journalistic handling”

"SANTO DOMINGO (Dominican Republic).- The economic links between the Spanish group Prisa, editor of the Spanish newspaper El País, and the Global Democracy and Development Foundation say professional ethics take a walk: the "best newspaper in Spanish", whose reading President Leonel Fernandez recommends to learn the language."

Can anybody say conflict of interest!

Read on:

http://www.7dias.com.do/app/article.aspx?id=115229
Written by: josean, 7 Feb 2012 6:00 PM
From: United States, I AM CHARLIE Alexis in Greece.......Pablo in Spain and.......Guillermo in DR!

You see folks when it comes to Lie-onel Fernandez we must take the advice of Edgar Allen Poe:

“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear!”
Written by: juanb, 7 Feb 2012 6:10 PM
From: Dominican Republic


Is he measuring the size of his lies?

And Ricky, why not surprise us one time and tell the truth.
Written by: BASTA, 7 Feb 2012 6:41 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
all hail the Queen.
Written by: anthonyC, 7 Feb 2012 6:50 PM
From: United States
If somebody here has any concrete proof that Barrick Gold has willfully caused any major environmental damage please post it so all can see it.

If you don't have any proof why don't ya all just SHUT THE F*CK UP until you do?
Written by: Ricardolito, 7 Feb 2012 7:05 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
The problem is that most people can clearly see the advanyages that Barrick is bringing to the Dominican Republic but because Josean and Juanb have such blind hatred towards LF they not only can not write anything positive about benefit that the President may comment on but they seek to anyone from expressing their disagreement with them ,,,by trying to give suficient minuses,
This says much about the level of their maturity
Written by: Ricardolito, 7 Feb 2012 7:16 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
The importance of the mining industry to the Dominican republic can be seen in the published national accounts so one can only think that there are some contributors here who would prefer the DR not to have these economic benefits when the President is involved in any way such as making announcements
This is the level of immature and irrational contribution we are daily subjected to by a few ...who see any investment or any good result as something to be scorned ..simply because it is announced by the existing government . The existing government will still be in government after the Presidential election so all we can expect is illogical hatred directed at all announcements
Written by: Ricardolito, 7 Feb 2012 7:17 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Merifully it seems that most Dominicans have more intelligence and do not simply listen to one view but are preared to welcome things that benefit the DR no matter who may announce it
Written by: generoso, 7 Feb 2012 7:55 PM
From: Dominican Republic, DR Is NOT the Solution to Haiti's Problems

DR was supposed to have gotten close to about US$200 million a year, every year, until contract was later modified to the advantage of Barrick gold, raising the DR's percentage by three points, but making the DR reimburse Barrick for their total investments before any profits are disbursed.
More details can be read at:
http://globalvoicesonline.org/201....o-barrick-gold-mining-operations/
Written by: RoyStone, 7 Feb 2012 8:21 PM
From: Australia
AnthonyC said, before being censored,

"If somebody here has any concrete proof that Barrick Gold has willfully caused any major environmental damage please post it so all can see it. If you don't have any proof why don't ya all just SHUT THE F*CK UP until you do?"

This time he's right.
Written by: RoyStone, 7 Feb 2012 8:34 PM
From: Australia
Dready, I'd much rather swim in a river downstream from Barrick's tailings-dam than downstream of any Dominican city.
I've actually swum in tailings-dams bfeore and theres notihng worng wtih me. #*(!
Written by: CarmenReyes, 7 Feb 2012 9:12 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
What was the cause of the plague of dead fish in La Presa Hatillo? It was directly linked to Barrick Gold.

Ostensibly this should be good for DR but I do not trust LF and believe he must have profited directly. He is swine.

Written by: josean, 7 Feb 2012 10:18 PM
From: United States, I AM CHARLIE Alexis in Greece.......Pablo in Spain and.......Guillermo in DR!

Carmen,

After 520 years we are still a neo-colony were our economic sovereignty is virtually non-existent and foreigners come and get the meat and we are left with the bones.

How does the saying go; THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THINGS STAY THE SAME!


In a democratic country the terms of this contract would be enough to try Lie-onel for treason!
Written by: anthonyC, 8 Feb 2012 12:34 AM
From: United States
Written by: josean,
"In a democratic country the terms of this contract would be enough to try Lie-onel for treason!"

So what is the Dominican Republic's excuse?
Written by: Vivacuba, 8 Feb 2012 5:21 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Yes. Yes. Take ALL our nations natural resources. Please. Just like gordon brown did to the modern day slaves of England. Brown's Bottom.
Written by: BASTA, 8 Feb 2012 6:45 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
So what is the Dominican Republic's excuse?= All the lil piggies
Written by: Ricardolito, 8 Feb 2012 9:04 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
The rumours that somehow start about this biggest mining project in the DR are amazing ,,and I have been spending a few hours looking at the 36 very large pictures of the infrastructure , the large nurser,vivero , the school that is on site, the building of all the new homes and the rebuilding of the dam for the tailings that was found to be insufficient in the 2011 floods ,,and I see pictures of the reforestation of areas and the pledge that the whole area will be environmentally reehanced to world bank standards . I read about Barrick changing the agreement of environemtal clean up in nearby areas that was to be shared 50-50 with the DR government but now is being totally finaced by Barrick ,The projections of production and gross income are all clearly shown on internet pages as is the contribution to DR income .
I am just wondering , having read all this information on the internet , on what grounds any one can be opposed to this project . I would like to know
Written by: RoyStone, 8 Feb 2012 9:10 AM
From: Australia
Yon wanna know the grounds for objecting to the mine, Ricky?
Ignorance, bigotry, xenophobia and a whats-in-it-for-me mentality.
Written by: anthonyC, 8 Feb 2012 10:19 AM
From: United States
Seeing as some people have seen fit to censure my posts just because they don't like the truth I will re-post.

If somebody here has any concrete proof that Barrick Gold has willfully caused any major environmental damage please post it so all can see it.

If you don't have any proof why don't ya all just SHUT THE F*CK UP until you do?
Written by: simondc3, 8 Feb 2012 10:34 AM
From: United States
roy,
your deliberate dishonesty is quite clear now.
your location says Australia, home of the Fimiston Open Pit gold mine where Barrick is accused on the release of seven (7) tons of mercury in 2004-2005.

Ever head of the The Cowal Lake Gold mine? Swan in its tailings by any chance? You lying sack of excrement.
One of the scariest liabilities for a mining outfit is to have someone "swim" in any of their tailings and survive.

In 2010 Barrick sued Talonbooks publisher in an attempt to stop their publishing of "Canada Inc.: Legal Haven of Choice for the World's Mining Industries," a book critical of the legal loopholes that protect Canadian mining companies, their destruction of environments abroad.

I know Australia, having had its last geologic activity 65 million yrs ago, is essentially a dead continent, much of it considered 'badlands' by Australians who've never had much regard for aborigenes nor their commons. But Dominicans are not Australia's nor Canada's aborigenes.
Written by: RobertoJose, 8 Feb 2012 1:37 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
Local villager Kieva Yohanna was shot five times in the back after having allegedly entered the mine complex illegally on June 1. According to Lissu, his death marks the sixth violent death linked to Barrick's security operatives in less than a year.
Written by: RobertoJose, 8 Feb 2012 1:41 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
In May 2009, toxic sludge from the mine seeped into the Thigithe River. Reports from the surrounding villages alleged that the toxic material led to the deaths of about 20 people and to fish, crops and animals dying from the contaminated water. The following year, controversy raged in Tanzania’s parliament as activists, villagers and human rights organizations tried to have the mine shut down.


In the village of Weigita, David Mwita Magige described how his brother died after drinking the water shortly after the spillage.
Written by: RobertoJose, 8 Feb 2012 1:45 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
But despite the government’s and the company’s insistence that reported deaths and illnesses were not related to the mine's operations in Tarime, an investigation sponsored by a number of religious groups in June 2009 assessing heavy metals around the North Mara gold mine found levels of trace metals and cyanide higher than what is considered permissible by the World Health Organization standards. Water samples taken from the river found nickel, lead and chromium levels had increased by 260, 168 and 14 times respectively since the year 2002.
Written by: RobertoJose, 8 Feb 2012 1:45 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
The report highlights cancer, heart disease, genetic problems, respiratory complications, reproductive problems and brain damage as possible effects of exposure to toxic chemicals like cyanide.

Villagers are worried about the long term effects since water from Thigithe River flows into other rivers including River Mara and eventually, Lake Victoria, shared by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The company says spill-prevention measures such as protectiv
Written by: josean, 8 Feb 2012 2:59 PM
From: United States, I AM CHARLIE Alexis in Greece.......Pablo in Spain and.......Guillermo in DR!

Written by: anthonyC, 8 Feb 2012 12:34 AM
From: United States
Written by: josean,
"In a democratic country the terms of this contract would be enough to try Lie-onel for treason!"

So what is the Dominican Republic's excuse?

AC for once we agree!

There is no excuse!
Written by: ohhhvictor, 8 Feb 2012 3:07 PM
From: United States
For the people that support Barrick Gold and think they are good.. I invite them to have a cup of the cyanide water from the river that passed by..The supporters, their families, the chileans, peruvians, canadians and all the bad people that try to poison my country..
Written by: RoyStone, 8 Feb 2012 4:20 PM
From: Australia
simondc3,
There are no "Dominican Aborigines". Why? Because the colonists killed them all off early. By contrast, Australian Aborigines, who were almost extinct before colonization, have thrived and prospered since. Yes, much of the interior of Australia is desert. Yes, it has been volcanically and seismically inactive for 65 million years, which makes it ideal for nuclear power and safe disposal of the waste? It also happens to have the largest known reserves of uranium. So why doesn't it have clean, cheep, safe nuclear power? Because of left-wing anti-progress idiots .... like you?
Written by: RoyStone, 8 Feb 2012 4:22 PM
From: Australia
ohhhvictor,
I'd like to see you drink a cup of water from ANY river in "your" country of the
Dominican Republic.
Written by: RoyStone, 8 Feb 2012 4:34 PM
From: Australia
I have already acknowledged mining disasters that have occurred in the past, and in rat-bag countries that do not enforce environmental standards. It is a sick joke to see Dominicans, who treat their country as a rubbish-tip, and their rivers as sewers, go into hysterics over a properly developed mine with an environmentally safe processing plant that will help compensate for the loss of revenue from a tourism industry that will never flourish, partly due to Dominican rubbish everywhere.

Written by: RoyStone, 8 Feb 2012 4:35 PM
From: Australia
RobertoJose, what was local villager Kieva Yohanna doing in the plant?
Written by: RoyStone, 8 Feb 2012 4:39 PM
From: Australia
Have any of you arm-chair experts bothered to check-out the revolutionary process for gold extraction at the new Barrack mine, or are you just assuming,
gold = cyanide = sick & dead children?
Written by: RobertoJose, 8 Feb 2012 6:57 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
It doesn't matter what the villager was doing there, five to the back is unjust ... whom ever it is. What can a villager do to a multi-billion dollar outfit like barrick gold besides pillage for necessities or a fist full of gold-dust if he can get to it, maybe he saw them dumping toxins in the river or in a pre-dug pit...who knows?
Written by: josean, 8 Feb 2012 6:59 PM
From: United States, I AM CHARLIE Alexis in Greece.......Pablo in Spain and.......Guillermo in DR!


Roy a slightly off topic gift for you and others that may not drink all the Purple Kool-Aid all the time:

"The earthquake"

http://www.acento.com.do/index.php/blog/3254/78/El-terremoto.html
Written by: RoyStone, 8 Feb 2012 8:53 PM
From: Australia
interesting article, thanks, Josean.
Who was the Dominican Cardinal in 2003 who said God was trying to tell us something? Let me guess - we are too materialistic and money-minded so we should let the church relieve us of it?
I wonder what God was trying to say when He flattened the Catholic cathedral in Port-au-Prince and killed the Archbishop and many of his clergy?
Maybe that was when they installed the lightning-rod at the top of the spire of the Basilica in Higuey?

Written by: RoyStone, 8 Feb 2012 10:15 PM
From: Australia
Yes, RobertoJose,
I'm sure this poor slave was just looking for some crumbs to feed his poor, starving children, or perhaps not finding any gold bars lying around, decided to vandalize the plant, not only damaging the operation but causing a real environmental hazard for the rest of the village. Maybe he was armed so they shot him in self defense? Regardless, when you break in to a plant worth millions, with armed guards, you do so entirely and your own risk.
It is interesting that Dominicans have no problem with robbers being killed by police, guards or civilians, unless they are robbing a mining company.

Written by: airgordo, 9 Feb 2012 12:23 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Written by: RoyStone, 8 Feb 2012 9:10 AM
From: Australia
Yon wanna know the grounds for objecting to the mine, Ricky?
Ignorance, bigotry, xenophobia and a whats-in-it-for-me mentality.
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WRONG AGAIN, based on what YOU just wrote, YOUR IGNORANCE on the subject so let me perform my usual task here, EDUCATE YOU... the reason to Object BArrick Gold is the same reason to have Objected the spanish thieves that did the same robery 500+ years ago!! ther was a CONTRACT with PLACER DOME DOMINICANA that was MODIFIED after Barrick gold Bought placer dome, this to achieve the goal of PAYING NOTHING for the Gold, from 25% to 3% WHEN ALL THE INVESMENT IS COMPLETELY PAID!!! so the MINE will be FREE for BArrick GOld and those 3 Billion they claim as INVESTMENT will be paid WITH MY F#CKING GOLD!! all that courtesy this corrupt Puppet Aka Leonel Fernandez and the controlled the PLD party congress, NO ONE READ the Contract yet it was APPROVED

EDUCATE YOURSELF before Posting!!!
Written by: airgordo, 9 Feb 2012 12:25 AM
From: Dominican Republic
AS i SAID, before posting ignorant comments, INVESTIGATE AND READ...Roy tell your spouse to translate this for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLdkSa4FMmg

Leonel Fernandez SHOULD STAND TRIAL for HIGH TREASON for THIS SH!T!!!
Written by: anthonyC, 9 Feb 2012 1:57 AM
From: United States
So far nobody has provided even one iota of credible evidence that Barrick Gold has willingly caused any significant environmental damage in the Dominican Republic.
Of course I am not surprised. All they can do is provide anecdotal evidence and poorly created youTube videos
Written by: RoyStone, 9 Feb 2012 8:08 AM
From: Australia
airgordo,
How is it "your" gold?
Because you were born here?
Then what do you say to the Dominincans living in the US receiving American dollars (the 2nd biggest source of revenue for this country)? They may or may not be working for it, but they were not born there so by your logic, are not entitled to "their" gold.
Barrick are not only working for Dominican gold, but also putting their own gold, (more that you can pronounce) at risk.
This entitlement mentality of yours is the root cause of many of this country's problems.
Written by: RobertoJose, 9 Feb 2012 9:27 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
Ant-c , What would you rather be Willingly stupid or Carelessly stupid
Written by: RoyStone, 9 Feb 2012 9:35 AM
From: Australia
RobertoJose,
If you refuse to answer questions, don't expect people to respond to yours.
Written by: Vivacuba, 9 Feb 2012 9:38 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Roy, We, the people, have never wanted american dollars. Truth is, Washington "pushes" them on us and everyone else to achieve their global enslavement. We. the poeple, wish you, the american people, would please keep your dollars. I am certain, you also, would like your dollars to remain at home. Speak to your elected officials. jajajajja
Written by: RoyStone, 9 Feb 2012 9:40 AM
From: Australia
I'm still waiting for evidence that Barrick Gold killed the fish.

Dominicans are polluting and rubbishing Dominican rivers every day, many who make no contribution to this country, yet this benefactor has to face baseless accusations.

Biting the hand that feeds?
Written by: RobertoJose, 9 Feb 2012 10:18 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
Okay, fare enough.

So YOU ask him...If he is willingly or carelessly dumb

Written by: RobertoJose, 9 Feb 2012 10:34 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
My post on Barricks past was to show how the corrupt government responds to certain situation and it's obvious BG is a great manipulator when dealing with Uneducated poor nations
Written by: josean, 12 Feb 2012 3:20 AM
From: United States, I AM CHARLIE Alexis in Greece.......Pablo in Spain and.......Guillermo in DR!

What happened to the GOOD Neighbor Policy?


“In communities near Barrick Gold, the people are worth less than the gold”

“Pueblo Viejo, Juan Sánchez Ramírez. Residents of communities of Pueblo Viejo, La Laguna, La Cerca, Laguna Arriba and other surrounding Barrick Gold, in the Juan Sánchez Ramírez province, reported that since the mining began operating their ills and problems have multiplied.”

“The cited, among those ills, pollution of the waters of the rivers and the spread of diseases by dust that rise up the trucks that transport materials to and from the mine.”

Are you listen to the Dominican people Lie-onel or has ridding on the METRO left you deaf as well as dumb?

Read the disturbing article:

http://www.hoy.com.do/el-pais/201....oldla-gente-vale-menos-que-el-oro

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