Burkina Faso Residents Damage Pinsapo Gold Mine, Minister Says
Residents of the Burkina Faso village of Peleguetenga destroyed equipment worth 3 billion CFA francs ($6.2 million) in a protest against Pinsapo Gold SA’s mine, according to Mines, Careers and Energy Minister Salif Lamoussa Kabore.
About 300 residents protested on Sept. 14 over the use of cyanide in the mine’s operation, Kabore told reporters in Ouagadougou, the capital, today.
Output at the mine, which is about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the city, began last month and has produced about 18 kilograms (635 ounces) of the metal, he said.
An unidentified person who answered the phone at Pinsapo’s office in Ouagadougou declined to immediately comment today.
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