TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 24, 2013) -

All amounts expressed in US dollars unless otherwise indicated

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) (Barrick or the "company") today received a resolution from Chile's Superintendence of the Environment (Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente or "SMA") that requires the company to complete Pascua-Lama's water management system in accordance with the project's environmental permit before resuming construction activities in Chile.

The SMA also announced that the company will be subject to an administrative fine of approximately $16 million for deviations from certain requirements of the project's Chilean environmental approval, including a series of reporting requirements and instances of non-compliance related to the project's water management system.

The company is in the process of reviewing the SMA resolution in detail. Barrick is fully committed to complying with all aspects of the resolution and to operating at the highest environmental standards.

Contact Information:

INVESTOR CONTACT: Greg Panagos
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations and Communications
(416) 309-2943
gpanagos@barrick.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Andy Lloyd
Director, Media Relations
(416) 307-7414
alloyd@barrick.com