Temporary Closure of Marlin Mine Ordered in Guatemala

The country's attorney general has ordered all activity to cease while complaints are investigated.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


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The order to suspend mining activity, directed at the Guatemalan Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), is a response to the precautionary measure issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR).

Elperiodico.com.gt reports that, "Last May, IAHCR ordered the Guatemalan state to suspend the mine's work and requested information on the level of soil, air and water contamination".

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The temporary suspension announced by President Alvaro Colom won’t take effect immediately.

Representatives from Goldcorp, owner of the mine, remarked that they will continue operating while the investigation takes place.

PrensaLibre.com printed statements by President Alvaro Colom: “We answered to the CIDH’s request, but there is a due legal and administrative procedure.

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Guatemala: Marlin Mine Ordered to Shut

June 2010

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has called on the government to shut the project, pending an investigation into alleged human rights abuses and environmental problems.

María-Isabel Rivero, commission press director, says the call to cease mining is obligatory in Guatemala.

Goldcorp Retains Investment in Guatemala

July 2010

Company directors say that they will continue to expand with new "Cerro Blanco" project.

Almost two months since the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) recommended to the Guatemalan government that Goldcorp's operations at the Marlin mine be suspended, the administration has ordered a review to determine whether or not a suspension is appropriate. Meanwhile, Goldcorp continues its operations in the country.

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