(Adds comments and quotes from Barrick and the provincial
BUENOS AIRES, March 29 The decoupling of a
pipeline at Barrick Gold Corp's Veladero mine in
Argentina on Tuesday posed no threat to the environment, the
company said in a statement on Wednesday while local authorities
investigated the incident.
The rupture of the pipe carrying gold and silver solution
was reported to the mining ministry of San Juan province late on
Tuesday. "A detailed report will be made, explaining all the
circumstances of the incident, its consequences and the measures
that will be taken," a statement from the ministry said.
Barrick Argentina also issued a statement saying leakage
from the pipe rupture had been contained.
"Occurrences of this nature are typical to this type of
operation and do not cause damage to health, people or the
environment," it said.
Operations at the mine were temporarily suspended last
September after falling ice damaged a pipe and spilled some ore
saturated with cyanide solution over a berm, or raised bank. One
year earlier, there was a spill of cyanide solution at the mine,
due to an equipment failure.
(Reporting by Maximilian Heath and Juliana Castilla,;
additional reporting by Susan Taylor in Toronto; Editing by