Mine owner, Barrick Gold Corp, said it is working to complete this remediation as quickly as possible.
On the evening of March 28, the monitoring system at Veladero detected a rupture of a pipe carrying gold-bearing solution on the leach pad. All solution was contained within the operating site; no solution reached any diversion channels or watercourses. The company notified San Juan provincial authorities, who inspected the site on March 29.
Barrick said the safety of its people and the environment remains its top priority. The incident did not pose any threat to the health of employees, communities, or the environment. The company does not expect a material impact to its 2017 production.