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What's going on at Pueblo Viejo, Dominican Republic?

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The "Pueblo Viejo" gold project is 60% owned by Barrick (ABX) and 40% by Goldcorp (GG). It's a ramping mine that is due to start extracting the contained 13m+ ounces of gold in 2011, but in the last 48 hours has been making headlines of a different type.

Check out The Mex Files on the story that has 1,000 workers claiming they were poisoned by a sulphide cloud and then later the mine bigwigs saying it was "only" a case of massed food poisoning shipped in by the caterers. All rather weird, as I know for a fact that sulphide fumes smell very different from a cheese sandwich....