| MEXICO CITY/TORONTO
MEXICO CITY/TORONTO Oct 5 Negotiations are
under way to resolve a week-long blockade at Goldcorp Inc's
suspended Peñasquito gold mine in Mexico, a government
mediator said on Wednesday.
Goldcorp, the world's No. 3 gold miner by market value,
said on Monday that it shut mine operations on safety concerns
from the blockade by a trucking contractor concerned about
losing business due to mine efficiencies.
Talks began Tuesday night and another meeting was scheduled
for Wednesday, said Julio Cesar Chavez, a Zacatecas government
official and mediator in talks between Goldcorp and the trucking
contractor and farmers, who have joined in the protests against
"An agreement with the land owners and a trade agreement
with the truckers is pending today," he said in an interview
Vancouver-based Goldcorp was not immediately available for
There are 420 police officers at the site and they have
cleared three entrances to the mine, Chavez said. One truck
brought food into the mine yesterday, and protesters are now
being asked to allow another truck to enter with water, he said.
In a meeting Tuesday night, truckers and a committee
representing farmers asked Goldcorp to withdraw lawsuits against
protesters, said Felipe Pinedo, one of the protest leaders.
Protesters are demanding jobs and payment for environmental
damages and water used by the mine, Pinedo has said.
In late August, Reuters reported on a long-running leak of
contaminated water, which had not been disclosed to the public,
at the mine, Mexico's biggest gold deposit.
Goldcorp said it has about 750 people at the northern Mexico
mine and expects to produce between 520,000 and 580,000 ounces
of gold this year, equal to around 19 percent of its total
forecast output of 2.8 million to 3.1 million ounces.
A contingency plan was in place that would allow mining and
processing to be restarted immediately once the dispute was
resolved, Goldcorp said. It did not expect the shutdown to
impact 2016 production or cost estimates.
(Reporting by Susan Taylor and Noe Torres; Editing by Leslie