June 24, 2010 / 3:01 PM / 9 years ago

Goldcorp Guatemala mine still operational -gov't

GUATEMALA CITY, June 24 (Reuters) - Goldcorp Inc’s G.TO GG.N Marlin mine in Guatemala is still operating and the process to suspend operations at the facility could take months, a spokesman for the Guatemalan mining ministry said on Thursday.

The Guatemalan government said on Wednesday it would begin a process to suspend operations at the mine to comply with a request from a regional human rights group, even though its own studies had not been able to verify complaints by community groups near the mine about its operations.

“It is a legal process and that takes time; it takes a long time, I would say months,” said Rene Rodriguez.

“The mine is operating right now. You can’t just show up there with some soldiers and shut it.” (Reporting by Sarah Grainger, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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