A bus leaves Sipacapa, San Marcos. The local population here is said to be exposed to high levels of metals in the drinking water and rivers because of the nearby Marlin mine...The Marlin mine has open-pit and underground mining operations for gold. The gold is cyanide-leached. The mine is located in the municipalities of Sipacapa and San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, Guatemala. The mine is owned by Montana, a subsidiary of Goldcorp, a Canadian company and is heavily criticised. According to a study by the University of Michigan "the negative impacts of the mine on human health and ecosystem quality in the region have the potential to increase in the coming years and last for decades".
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