TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 29, 2017) – Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) (“Barrick” or the “Company”) reports that on Sunday, May 28, one of several unions representing employees at the Veladero mine in San Juan province, Argentina, initiated an unplanned work stoppage. Barrick is in dialogue with the union leadership to seek a timely resolution to the situation.
Construction works in the heap leach valley that are necessary for the resumption of full operations at Veladero are not affected by the work stoppage. There is no change to our anticipated timeline for the resumption of normal leaching activities in the second half of June, subject to approval by San Juan regulatory and judicial authorities. Leaching activities at Veladero have been restricted since March 29, after a pipe carrying processing solution at the mine’s heap leach facility failed.
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Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: employee relations including loss of key employees; failure to comply with environmental and health and safety laws and regulations; timing of receipt of, or failure to comply with, necessary permits and approvals; litigation; damage to the Company’s reputation due to the actual or perceived occurrence of any number of events, including negative publicity with respect to the Company’s handling of environmental matters or dealings with community groups, whether true or not; availability and increased costs associated with mining inputs and labor; changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls or regulations and/or changes in the administration of laws, policies and practices, expropriation or nationalization of property and political or economic developments in Argentina, Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions in which the Company does or may carry on business in the future; lack of certainty with respect to foreign legal systems, corruption and other factors that are inconsistent with the rule of law; risk of loss due to acts of war, terrorism, sabotage and civil disturbances; risks associated with working with partners in jointly controlled assets; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development; changes in mineral production performance; increased costs, delays, suspensions and technical challenges associated with the construction of capital projects; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities, including geotechnical challenges and disruptions in the maintenance or provision of required infrastructure and information technology systems; the impact of inflation; fluctuations in the currency markets; contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties, or over access to water, power and other required infrastructure; and increased costs and physical risks, including extreme weather events and resource shortages, related to climate change. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion, copper cathode or gold or copper concentrate losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks).
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