Goldcorp Called on to Shut Mine in Guatemala Pending Probe, Globe Reports

Goldcorp Inc., the world’s second- largest gold producer by market value, has been called on to shut its Marlin mine in Guatemala until an investigation into human rights and environmental issues is complete, the Globe and Mail reported.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States, wants to investigate whether the Guatemalan government gave permission to Goldcorp to start operations without the consent of local Mayan residents, the newspaper reported.

Goldcorp hasn’t received a formal response from the government as to how it will respond to the commission’s ruling, the Globe said, citing Jeff Wilhoit, Goldcorp’s vice president of investor relations.

The Marlin mine produced about 275,000 ounces of gold last year, or 11 percent of Goldcorp’s total production, the Globe said.

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