Environmental groups in Dominican Republic oppose plans to reopen mine
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC — Activists in the Dominican Republic say they will try to block a Canadian company from reopening a mine that previously caused $75 million in environmental damage.

Alexander Mundaray said Wednesday that he and others will fight the plan announced last year by Barrick Gold and Goldcorp to make a $3 billion investment to extract gold, silver and other minerals from the Pueblo Viejo mine.

Mundaray's environmental group was among those that successfully forced the closing of a cement plant last year that contaminated the region.

Barrick Gold and Goldcorp said the mining project will create 3,550 jobs and operations will begin in late 2011.

The mine was in operation from 1975 to 1999.

source:  Washington Examiner

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