BUENOS AIRES, March 30 Argentina's San Juan
province ordered Barrick Gold Corp's Veladero
mine to suspend some activities after a pipe became decoupled,
state-run news agency Telam reported on Thursday.
Reuters could not immediately reach the provincial
government to confirm the report. A spokesman for Barrick said
the company was confirming its understanding of the order.
Barrick said on Wednesday the decoupling of a pipeline
carrying gold and silver solution late on Tuesday posed no
threat to the environment.
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 Caroline Stauffer; Additional reporting by Susan
Taylor; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)