CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT

GJC Issues a Letter of Support for Communities in the Dominican Republic Resisting the Expansion of Barrick Gold’s Pueblo Viejo Mine

On October 4, 2021, the Global Justice Clinic and 42 other civil society organizations sent a letter to the Dominican Ministries of Energy and Mines and the Environment and Natural Resources in response to Barrick Gold’s plan to expand its mine in the Dominican Republic. They expressed solidarity with communities located in the area. Residents and allies, including Dominican politicians, academics, and activists, have noted that the site where Barrick proposes to build a tailings dam is the headwater of one of the most important rivers in the country, the Ozama River. In recent weeks, thousands of people have protested the proposed expansion.  This is the second solidarity letter that the Global Justice Clinic has helped to coordinate. 

The first, issued in May, raised concern over how the proposed expansion may exacerbate vulnerability to climate change and Barrick’s track record of environmental harm.  Five months later, resistance against the proposed expansion has grown.

This press release was originally published on October 4, 2021.