Barrick Gold Corp’s Veladero mine in Argentina could reopen in coming days if a report confirms repairs were made after a leak of processing solution containing cyanide earlier this month, a provincial government said.
San Juan province Mining Minister Alberto Hensel said in a statement on Tuesday that a team of police investigators would deliver a technical report within 48 hours to the judge who ordered the temporary suspension.
“If all the repairs have been completed and the mining police give the OK… there will be no reason to sustain the injunction,” said Judge Pablo Oritja, according to the provincial government’s statement.
A Barrick spokesman in Argentina said on Wednesday that the company was waiting for the judge’s decision.
Barrick, the world’s largest gold producer, announced the spill at Veladero, one of its five main mines, on Sept. 15. The province had fined the miner nearly $10 million for an earlier leak that occurred in September 2015.
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