Goldcorp: Mining in Honduras

In 2008 Entre Mares, a subsidiary of Goldcorp, closed the San Martín mine in Honduras. It has since been facing criticism and law suits from the local people, who claim the open-pit mine caused the drying-up or pollution of water sources, health problems and deformations of new-born babies. Studies showed elevated levels of heavy metal in blood samples of tested patients. Local communities still demand the mitigation of environmental damage and compensation of affected people for health impacts and displacement.1 An environmental activist, temporarily arrested in 2011, claims he still faces threats and intimidation.2 In 2012, authorities opened criminal investigations against two managers of the companies.3 In another lawsuit, a local court fined the company 35 million Lempira (€1.3 million).4 


  1. Trucchi (2014): http://kaosenlared.net/component/k2/95509-actividad-minera-en-región-de-honduras-deja-rastro-de-enfermedades,-destrucción-ambiental-y-desempleo (accessed 8.10.2014) []
  2. Meza, D. (2014): http://www.miningwatch.ca/article/environmentalist-and-communicator-siria-valley-honduras-denounces-threats (accessed 8.10.2014) []
  3.  CAFOD (2012):http://www.cafod.org.uk/News/Campaigning-news/Goldcorp-pollution (accessed 8.10.2014) []
  4. La Tribuna (2012): http://www.latribuna.hn/2012/03/30/condenan-a-entremares-a-pagar-35-millones-de-lempiras/ (accessed 8.10.2014) []

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