News bulletins about Goldcorp Inc. (Rights Action)

Posts from Rights Action on Goldcorp Inc. activities in Guatemala:

Contamination of Water By Goldcorp Inc. (Montana Exploradora) In San Miguel Ixtahuacan And Sipacapa, San Marcos:

The INACIF assessment confirmed that the total nitrogen in the water discharge from the treatment plant at Goldcorp’s Marlin mine exceeds the limits established by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN). It is possible that the source of the high level of nitrogen is the cyanide used to extract the gold and as well, the remnants of unexploded ordnance.  The report also confirms that levels of total lead and arsenic exceed legal limits for drinking water set by the National Standards Commission (COGUANOR).  Local communities, especially their children, are suffering from environmental illness – arsenic poisoning, caused by arsenic contamination of water sources.

The INACIF report can be found at:

Death Of A Worker In A Goldcorp Tunnel

Máximo López Ambrosio, a 53 year old worker from the community of Xeabaj, Sipacapa died in the West Vero underground mine, at 3am, Tuesday, September 9, 2014.  According to statements from other workers, he died in the Marlin mine medical clinic after being transported by ambulance all the way to the San Martin hospital in Huehuetenango, rather than to the closer clinic – Centro de Atención Permanente in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, financed by Goldcorp Inc.  Workers have testified to the extreme working conditions in the West Vero mine – unbearable heat and poor ventilation. Family members of the dead miner have stated that theSan Martin hospital refuses to inform them of the cause of death, unless ordered by law.

Fissure In Earth By Goldcorp’s Mine Threatens Indigenous Communities

Telesur 2 minute report:

Goldcorp Report On Underground Mines In San Miguel Ixtahuacán

Goldcorp’s 2003 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Marlin Mine states that gold and silver deposits at the Marlin site cover an area approximately 10 kilometers long, running East to West.  According to the Goldcorp report, there are five underground mines at the Marlin site: (1) MARLIN, (2) DELMY, (3) CORAL, (4) VIRGINIA, and (5) WEST VERO. Missing from this list is the LA HAMACA mine, authorized by the MARN in 2006, making a total of 6 underground mines.

According the Hydro-geological Analysis carried out by Goldcorp (Montana Exploradora) in June 2011, these mines operate over two aquifers. The one that provides water to local communities is not very deep, while the other one sits at 100 to 300 metres below ground level.

The physical area covered by the mine can cause accumulative impacts on water sources, through both the length and depth of its tunnels: the longitude from Marlin to Coral is one kilometre, from Marlin to West Vero at least two kilometers, and from Marlin to La Hamaca, 3 kilometres. The 2006 EIA of La Hamaca authorized a 2,100 metre longitudinal extension to the subterranean mine. As we have already mentioned, the mineral deposit runs for up to ten kilometres longitudinally from East to West.

The 2003 EIA authorized Marlin to go ahead with a 300 metre deep underground mine (2000 and 1700 below sea level) and as well, with a 180 metre deep mine at LaHamaca, both in San Miguel Ixtahuacán. Only the 2003 EIA for the Marlin underground mine and the 2006 EIA for the La Hamacaunderground mine have been approved by MARN. The other mines have no legal authorization to operate.

The Goldcorp Report indicates that there are 347 metres between the West Vero and Delmy mines (1660 and 2007 meters below sea level). And the difference in height between the West Vero and Sipacapa mines (1970 below sea level) indicates a depth of 310 metres, in comparison to San Miguel Ixtahuacán mine (2065 below sea level) with a depth of 405 metres.

Goldcorp Inc. has been exploiting the Marlin mine for nine years, using dynamite underneath the local communities. This explains the cracks in the houses, churches and schools in San Miguel Ixtahuacán.


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When Corporations Sue Governments (NY Times)


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(Artwork by Mitch Blunt)

In 2004, the Pacific Rim mining company applied to dig for gold in El Salvador. Pacific Rim (since acquired by the Canadian-Australian company OceanaGold) assured the government of then-President Antonio Saca that its work would be eco-friendly and would generate jobs. But with 90 percent of the country’s surface water contaminated, and fearing damage to the Lempa River — an essential source of water for El Salvador’s 6 million people — the administration failed to approve the proposal. In 2008, Mr. Saca instituted a moratorium on new mining permits; to date, this has been maintained and is widely popular.

Pacific Rim fought back in 2009, filing a $77 million lawsuit with the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (Icsid), a World Bank-affiliated institution in Washington that facilitates arbitration between governments and investors. The case was brought under a 1999 Salvadoran investment law, according to which foreign companies could take the Salvadoran government to international arbitral tribunals. (To read more, click here.)

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Stopesmining photo

Territorial organization to strengthen local democracy a key strategy for anti-mining activists in the country’s unpredictable political environment.

The municipality of San Isidro Labrador was declared free of mining after 98.74% of the registered voters who cast a ballot in a referendum held on Sunday November 23 said no mining.

This is the second municipality to hold a local mining consultation in the region that has since 2004 been impacted by four known mining exploration concessions covering an area close to 200 square Kilometres.

“Information gathered from the ministry of the economy tell us that more than 10 municipalities are directly affected by proposed mining projects in the department Chalatenango” states Marcos Galvez, president of CRIDPES, a local community development organization that has worked in the area for over three decades and is now leading the Territories Free of Mining campaign with support from the National Roundtable against Mining and international solidarity organizations.

Last year, CRIPDES’ organizers began to implement a multi layered organizing strategy to coordinate efforts with local community organizations in each municipality affected by mining in the region to organize, educate and collect signatures in order to petition municipal councils to hold consultations on mining. (To read more, click here.)

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Brazil’s Javari valley threatened by Peruvian oil, warn tribes (The Guardian)

Brazil Peruvian oil David Hill photo

Guardian caption: Matsés man Alesandro Dunu Mayoruna, from Sao Meireles village in Brazil, painted with achiote to receive visitors and talk about oil company Pacific Rubiales. Photograph: David Hill

An indigenous people whose territories are divided by the Brazil-Peru border in the remote Amazon say they are vehemently opposed to oil exploration on the Peruvian side and are prepared to fight companies in order to keep them out.

The Matsés’s main concerns are the potential social and environmental impacts of oil operations on both sides of the border, where they live in the far west of the iconic Javari Valley Indigenous Territory in Brazil and a 490,000 hectare legally-titled community in Peru.

“I don’t want to die contaminated or from some illness transmitted [by a company],” Waki Mayoruna, the head of a village called Lobo, told the Guardian on a visit to the Javari Territory. “If they don’t understand our no means no, there’ll be conflict that’ll lead to people being killed.” (Click here to continue.)


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Please sign – The People of Clyde River, Nunavut takes on the oil industry. (GREENPEACE CANADA)

via Greenpeace Canada

Something big is happening in one of the tiniest, most remote places in the world: the people of Clyde River, Nunavut — a hamlet of just 900 people — are taking the Canadian government to court.

The National Energy Board, a federal energy regulator, has recently approved a five-year search for oil off Clyde River’s coast, allowing seismic testing — a process of firing explosions through the ocean to find oil — as a first step towards dangerous Arctic oil drilling.

How loud are these explosions? Imagine standing underneath a jumbo jet as it takes off — only you can’t cover your ears to block out the sound. Add your voice to help Clyde River keep the oil industry out of Canada’s Arctic.

Incredibly, 80-90% of the world’s narwhal population lives off the coast of Clyde River, and these explosions can disrupt their migration paths, sometimes causing permanent hearing loss, and in the worst case, death. The people of Clyde River aren’t going to stand by and let this happen.

It took a great deal of courage and determination to launch this legal battle against the Canadian government. And the community of Clyde River is going into it hopeful with the knowledge that in 2010, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association successfully stopped seismic testing from happening nearby in Lancaster Sound.

We too are hopeful, as this important case has been described by Clyde River’s lawyer as “hard, but not unwinnable.” Hard, because of how much influence the oil industry has over the government, but winnable because we know that you are going to join us and stand behind this brave community. Add your voice, help Clyde River keep the oil industry out of Canada’s Arctic.

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Kinder Morgan resistance – Fundraising efforts

A group of dedicated land defenders have been protecting Burnaby Mountain on unceded Coast Salish territories against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Kinder Morgan has served these land defenders with a $5.6 million dollar lawsuit.

There are two funds raising money for the legal costs of Burnaby caretakers and residents. Please consider contributing to each:

Though fundraising goals for costs of the initial injunction hearing have been met, the funds remains open for continuing legal costs of defendants against the outstanding civil suit.

For more information:

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(EVENT) Community dinner with Wixarrica indigenous representatives from Mexico

Saturday, November 29, 5:00pm @ Dogwood Centre (706 Clark Drive)


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