Tougher Controls for Canadian Mining Companies

Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that Canadian mining corporations must conduct more detailed environmental impact studies.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Several mining companies from Canada operate in Central America. Some of them include Breakwater Resources (Honduras), Inmet Mining Corp (Panama), Petaquilla Minerals Ltd (Panama), B2Gold Corp (Nicaragua), Argonaut Gold (Guatemala) and GoldCorp (Guatemala and Honduras).

The ruling by the Court obliges these companies to conduct integral studies assessing environmental impact, and making such studies available and understandable for public review.

According to experts, companies used to dissimulate the negative effects of their projects by presenting separate environmental studies. The ruling now forces them to conduct integral, comprehensive studies, and make them available for public revision.

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A study on the importance of the mining sector in the country, carried out by the CABI, concludes that "the net profit for mining entrepreneurs is between 20% and 30% in normal times."

The analysis prepared by the Cabi said that the mining industry contributes 3.3% of GDP to the country directly and indirectly, a relatively small amount in the opinion of Paulo de Leon, at the Cabi, who believes that the sector has greater potential.

Goldcorp takes steps to improve human rights at Marlin

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Congressional candidates in El Salvador will allow mining

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Future lawmakers are willing to facilitate mining in the country, but with certain conditions that will prevent contamination.

With the joke that if a congressman found gold under his house he would vote in favor of a law to allow him to excavate all the metal, invitees to the debates of congressional candidates for the central zone made it clear that they are in agreement to regulate mining, which has been an important topic due to the interest by several companies in digging on Salvadoran soil.

Investors Urge Responsible Mining in Guatemala

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Shareholders in Canadian Goldcorp Inc. mining firm are exercising their influence in support of human rights in Guatemala.

A group of shareholders from Canada and Sweden have reached an agreement with Goldcorp Inc., which has agreed to commission an independent human rights impact assessment of its operations in Guatemala.

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