The Pascua Lama project is real! A multinational wants to move a glacier in order to quench his thirst for gold!
At a time when the water starts to become a serious problem on our planet, the gold company proposes nothing less than to move a glacier to exploit safely the gold mine that is located below. Despite the tens of thousands of Chileans living, largely thanks to the water supplied by the glacier.
Of course, Barrick Gold Corp. was careful to surround himself with "specialists" of the matter.
She also offers an alternative "environmental" acceptable. Indeed, in order not to waste an invaluable amount of water, it is planned to cut huge parts of the glacier and then move them close to another glacier in which the blocks are expected to melt.
Furthermore, it should easily derive the river feeding the populations downstream and install a treatment plant water, just to continue to water the indigenous water "unpolluted".
If the planned measures seem quite decent on paper, these solutions do not taste at all of some experts saying it is not possible to predict the behavior of a glacier after human intervention.
No one can say that the ice so displaced will continue to feed the aquifers, or how the "amputated" glacier react. Also, plan to clean up (for consumption purposes) conscencieusement a river contaminated by various toxic substances (arsenic and heavy metals in particular) can be high risk if any dysfontionnement.
If this project is expected to provide its first nuggets 2009, Chilean and Argentine authorities (the mine is located at the border) have already issued the operating agreements, the shipyard be started from the first quarter 2006. Also, is it not surprising that several environmental organizations wish to draw the world attention on the potential environmental disaster.