* Supreme Court overrules earlier suspension
* San Juan home to Barrick's Veladero, Pascua Lama
BUENOS AIRES, July 3 Argentina's Supreme Court
ruled on Tuesday that key articles of a glacier protection law
should apply in a northern province where the world's largest
gold miner, Barrick Gold Corp, is building a huge mine high in
Tuesday's ruling takes precedence over a 2010 decision by a
federal judge in San Juan province who suspended the application
of six key articles of the law following a complaint presented
by mining industry groups.
"The Supreme Court revokes the precautionary measures that
suspended the application of the glacier law in the province of
San Juan," the official judicial news agency said.
San Juan province is home to Barrick's
Veladero mine, which lies at an altitude of more than 4,000
meters (13,000-feet) not far from the company's huge Pascua Lama
project - a roughly $5 billion gold-silver mine set to enter
production in 2013.
When the law passed Congress two years ago, mining industry
analysts warned it could hinder construction of Pascua Lama,
although the company has said the ore body it has permission to
mine does not lie under a glacier.
No one at Barrick Gold was immediately available to comment.
The law, which bans mining and oil drilling on glaciers and
the areas surrounding them, aims at preserving water reserves.
President Cristina Fernandez vetoed a similar law in 2008 on
the grounds it would hamper provincial economies, causing
controversy in a country where anti-mining sentiment is strong.
Compared with neighboring Chile or Peru, Argentina's mining
industry is relatively undeveloped. That has drawn interest from
global companies in recent years and overall investment reached
a record $2.6 billion in 2011.