Daphne Eviatar [Outlook, Aug. 14] should have contacted Glamis Gold Ltd. before printing incorrect accusations relating to the company's project in Guatemala.
Glamis, as structured, could not bring the sort of claim under the Central American Free Trade Agreement that the article suggested it might. Canada is not a signatory to CAFTA, and Glamis is a Canadian corporation; its American subsidiaries do not have any investment in the Guatemala project.
Contrary to the assertions that critics made in the article, the project meets all environmental, health and safety regulations and complies with North American and World Bank environmental standards. The article also seemed to imply that industry and host countries are engaged in corruption, which is false and offensive. Equally offensive was the linkage of mineral development to poverty.
Further, it was misleading to say "local community and church leaders" oppose our project. The reality is that there are many views, including significant project support from indigenous communities and leaders.
Ms. Eviatar cited a report by Oxfam America and Friends of the Earth that she said had concluded, "Mining will only encourage real development . . . if it's properly regulated." I agree. Glamis, the Guatemalan government, the World Bank/International Finance Corporation, local communities and a number of nongovernmental organizations will make certain that the Guatemala project is so regulated. This is the reality of a modern, responsible mining industry.
President and Chief Executive
Glamis Gold Ltd.