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[DOC] Guatemala’s Marlin Gold Mine: Suggestions to rectify its most serious errors

Author: Robert Goodland, Published on: 17 September 2012

…The two most controversial mines in Latin America are Guatemala’s Marlin mine and Peru’s Conga mine…The Marlin gold mine [owned by Montana Exploradora, part of Golcorp], Guatemala’s largest, is similar to the Conga gold mine in many ways. Both Peru and Guatemala lack effective governance in the remote areas where these mines are located; both mines are in conflict-prone regions. Despite shootings, killings and severe injuries at the hands of the military, both mines received approbation of high project quality from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). Both mines are owned by foreign companies…and …both have long track records of wreaking massive environmental and social impacts…This paper briefly outlines the issues of the Marlin mine and proposes how Goldcorp could take six steps to adopt best practices of responsible mining to reduce its social and environmental impact while continuing to make a profit…

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Related companies: Goldcorp Montana Exploradora (part of Goldcorp)