Baku, March 13, AZERTAC
Authorities in Argentina have fined Barrick Gold Corp. $9.3 million for a cyanide spill last year at the company's Veladero mine in the western province of San Juan, according to The Associated Press.
The Canadian-owned company says a valve failed in a pipe carrying cyanide at the mine Sept. 13, causing a leak into nearby waters. An investigation determined about 35,300 cubic feet (1,000 cubic meters) of liquid cyanide solution spilled. Barrick says the amount did not pose a risk to humans.
The Ministry of Mining in San Juan announced the fine Friday.