Goldcorp Inc.

Goldcorp Inc.

June 24, 2010 01:45 ET

Guatemalan Government Responds to Marlin Mine Suspension Request

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2010) -

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GOLDCORP INC. (TSX:G)(NYSE:GG) has responded to an announcement by the government of Guatemala regarding a request by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ("IACHR") asking the Guatemalan government to suspend operation of the Marlin mine in San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Guatemala. According to the statement released by the Guatemalan government today, its primary consideration is to protect the health and safety of its citizens. In keeping with its international commitments in the field of human rights, the government has agreed to comply with the IACHR's request by initiating the applicable administrative process under the laws of Guatemala. 

The response of the Government of Guatemala expressly confirmed that studies conducted by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Ministry of Energy and Mines demonstrate there is no evidence that the community water supplies are contaminated and that they are fit for human consumption. The Government also stated that an assessment by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare did not detect any disease linked to suspected contamination produced by the Marlin Mine.

"We concur with the statement of the Guatemalan government that there is no evidence of pollution or ill effects to health or the environment as a result of Marlin mine's presence," said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp President and Chief Executive Officer. "Absent such evidence, we continue to believe there is no basis for suspending operations at the mine. The Guatemalan government response states that it will initiate an administrative process under Guatemalan law to further investigate the allegations on which the IACHR's suspension request is based, and we have been assured that we will have a full opportunity to present the compelling data that prove there have been no adverse environmental or health impacts from the mine. We welcome this opportunity to demonstrate once again Goldcorp's record of respectful, environmentally sound operations at Marlin. The mine continues to operate, and while this process is underway we expect normal operations to continue."

The Government's response also indicates that a mission from the IACHR will visit Guatemala in July. Goldcorp will ask the Government of Guatemala to present the extensive evidence demonstrating that there is no contamination to the IACHR in advance of the IACHR's visit to Guatemala.

Goldcorp and the employees of Marlin have continued to operate the mine to the highest standards, with an abiding commitment to the responsible stewardship of the environment and to the human rights of the people in communities near Marlin. The Company believes that any suspension of mining activities would directly and adversely impact the human rights to work, to earn a living, to personal health, and to education of mine employees and members of the nearby communities. Marlin mine currently employs 1,900 people with a payroll in 2009 totaling over $23 million. Approximately 64% of employees are Mayan indigenous residents of San Miguel and Sipacapa. 

For more information on the social, economic and environmental initiatives, benefits and effects of Marlin mine to the communities near San Miguel, please visit

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