TORONTO/MEXICO CITY Dec 9 Goldcorp Inc
said on Monday a group challenging its use of lands around its
Peñasquito mine in Mexico is threatening to sue the company in
The company and an organization of local landowners, the
Cerro Gordo Ejido, have been locked in a tussle for months.
Goldcorp in June won a temporary suspension of an agrarian court
ruling that nullified Goldcorp's lease of the lands and ordered
that the land be returned to the group.
Since then, Goldcorp and the Cerro Gordo Ejido have been in
talks with a view to reaching a settlement.
However, Vancouver-based Goldcorp said on Monday it had
received a notice from a Canadian law firm purporting to
represent the Cerro Gordo Ejido group, threatening litigation
against Goldcorp in Canada concerning the same lands.
Goldcorp said it believes the allegations are baseless. It
said it will vigorously defend any claim if one is filed.
Alfonso Herrera, a lawyer representing the group, said the
landowners had tired of getting hit with injunctions from
Goldcorp in Mexico that stalled their case, arguing the company
had shown little real desire to negotiate.
He also said the miner had been unwilling to address the
group's complaints, which include backpayment on what the
landowners say is the correct value of the land bought by
Goldcorp and the construction of public works like a hospital.
Herrera said his client chose to take the case to Canada
because the landowners believed the country's more rigid legal
system would offer them more support than Mexican courts had.
"We're willing to dialogue with them," Herrera said. "But if
this process doesn't lead to results, then we will sue them and
we'll do it in Canada."