|An Argentine court has confirmed criminal charges against eight of nine Barrick Gold employees related to their involvement in a cyanide spill at the company’s Veladero mine in 2015. The ruling follows a 145.7m pesos fine (about $9.8 million) Barrick had to pay in January 2016 over the incident. At the time, the company said it had strengthened controls and safeguards at the mine. A few months later however falling ice damaged a pipe carrying process solution, causing a second leak. There was yet another leak of cyanide solution in March of this year.|
Veladero produced 544,000 ounces last year and has P&P reserves estimated at 6.7 million ounces of gold.