On May 20, 2010, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested that the Government adopt precautionary measures, including suspension of the Marlin Mine, to prevent irreparable harm to the life, physical integrity and environment of indigenous peoples in communities in San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipacapa, in connection with alleged environmental contamination resulting from activities at the Marlin Mine.
On June 23, 2010, the Government of Guatemala advised the IACHR that the Government would initiate the applicable administrative process under the laws of Guatemala to determine if suspension of Marlin operations was warranted.
After extensive review of the available data and reports from the responsible governmental ministries, the Government issued a resolution on July 8, 2011 declaring that Marlin Mine is operating in compliance with the law and there is no basis for suspending operation of the mine. The Government’s investigations demonstrate that the Marlin Mine has not damaged the environment or health of the communities in the vicinity of the mine.
Subsequently, on July 11, 2011, the Government of Guatemala petitioned the IACHR to declare the precautionary measures to be without further effect.
In December 2011, the IACHR requested an amendment to the precautionary measures and the request to suspend operations at Marlin was lifted.
The Government of Guatemala’s latest response to the IACHR demonstrates there is no evidence of negative impacts to public health or the environment as a result of operations at Marlin. These findings are supported by independent, analyses of quarterly water samples collected by Goldcorp and the Asociacion de Monitoreo Ambiental Comunitario, the local community monitoring committee.