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Oxfam America: Glamis Gold's Marlin mine in Guatemala - Report by IFC Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman raises concerns about consultation with indigenous communities

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23 September 2005

World Bank Report Describes Mining Problems in Guatemala

Author: Oxfam America

Recent complaints about violence, lack of consultation with indigenous people, and environmental impact prompted the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank division that loans money to private companies, to investigate the Marlin mine in Guatemala [project of Glamis Gold, part of Goldcorp] through its independent Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman office. The CAO report, released on September 8, says that documents submitted to the leaders of indigenous communities near the mine “did not at the time have sufficient information to allow for an informed view of the likely adverse impacts of the project,” casting doubt on the appropriateness of the consultation with the community of Sipacapa in particular.

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8 September 2005

full report: "Assessment of a complaint submitted to CAO in relation to the Marlin Mining Project in Guatemala"

Author: IFC Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman

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8 September 2005

[PDF] Glamis Gold Comments on IFC Compliance Office Report on Marlin Project; Participates in Groundbreaking Event with Guatemalan President

Author: Glamis Gold

Glamis Gold Ltd. reported today that the Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (“CAO”) of the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) has issued its final “Assessment of a Complaint Submitted to CAO in Relation to the Marlin Mining Project [owned by Goldcorp] in Guatemala.”...The principal conclusion of the Assessment is that the project does not pose a significant environmental risk and should provide social benefits to the local communities.

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