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Chilean territory will develop much of the Open pit and build a waste dump of sterile, a primary crusher, a complex of maintenance of equipment of mine and powder keg for the storage of explosives. These works will be placed in the header of the narrow river, tributary of the Chollay River, about 4,400 meters above sea level. Adds us Wikipedia, Pascua Lama is the first bi-national mining project of the world and involves to Chile and Argentina, consisting in the development of an open-pit gold mine, located above 4,000 meters in border territory. In Chile, lies in the Atacama Region, specifically in the Huasco province, while in the Argentina is situated in the province of San Juan. The mining company Barrick Gold, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is responsible for carrying out the exploitation.

For the project is calculated an estimated investment of between US$ 2,300 and US$ 2.4 billion and a useful life of at least 23 years. The amount of calculated reserves is 18 million ounces of gold, 731 million ounces of silver and 662 million pounds copper. The project has a binational character, to consider works and operations both Chilean and Argentine territory. In Argentina, the project is located about 300 kilometers to the Northwest of the city of San Juan, in the Department of Church, province of San Juan. The method of gold mining using cyanide and the possibility of contamination of water from glaciers, both in Chile as in Argentina, they have generated rejection of the project adds enterprise that will explode Pascua-Lama, Barrick, argues that the economic benefits would be significant. According to their estimates, Pascua-Lama would create 6,500 direct jobs during the construction stage and 1,660 jobs for them, at least 23 years of operation, although without specifying if these work places will be of national or foreign origin. It is with regard to this creation of new jobs that some Chilean mayors have come out in defense of the project.

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