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Goldcorp provides update on land claim settlement progress with Cerro Gordo Ejido

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TSX: G      NYSE: GG

VANCOUVER, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) today announced that negotiations are continuing between Minera Peñasquito S.A. de C.V. ("Minera Peñasquito") and authorized representatives of the Cerro Gordo Ejido with a view to reaching  a mutually beneficial settlement of a land claim.

These negotiations are taking place under the official observation of the office of the Mexican Secretary of the Economy and Goldcorp believes that proper representatives of both parties are currently engaged in a constructive process. Goldcorp has recently received notice from a Canadian law firm purporting to represent the Cerro Gordo Ejido threatening to commence litigation against Goldcorp in Canada concerning these same lands, in an apparent effort to disrupt the ongoing negotiations and legal process from continuing under the auspices of the Mexican judicial system. Goldcorp and Minera Peñasquito have assessed the underlying allegations of the proposed litigation and believe they are baseless and without merit and will vigorously defend any claim if one is filed. Goldcorp believes it is in the best interests of all concerned to continue with the good faith efforts toward a mutually beneficial settlement rather than engage in litigation in Canada that could indefinitely defer any final resolution of this matter. 

Goldcorp will continue to employ all legal means at its disposal to ensure continuity of operations and to protect the Company's mineral concession rights consistent with Mexican law. Operations at the Peñasquito mine have not been impacted.

In 2005, prior to construction of the Peñasquito mine, an agreement was negotiated with the Cerro Gordo Ejido for the use of 600 hectares (approximately 1,483 acres) of surface land located within the confines of the proposed Peñasquito mine site. The terms of the agreement were based on comparable surface valuations in the region as well as on similar agreements at Peñasquito and other Mexican mining operations. In 2009, the Cerro Gordo Ejido commenced an action against Minera Peñasquito in Mexico's agrarian courts challenging the land use agreement. Following a series of legal proceedings, the agrarian courts ruled on June 18, 2013 that the land use agreement was null and ordered the land to be returned to the Cerro Gordo Ejido for payment of 2.4 million pesos. Three separate claims are currently proceeding in the First District Court of Zacatecas by the Cedros and Mazapil Ejidos and a local transportation union which have resulted in the temporary and permanent suspension of the agrarian court's ruling. Under a permanent suspension, the agrarian court's ruling is suspended pending final determination of the Cedros Ejido's claim following appeal.

Peñasquito is the largest gold producer in Mexico and employs approximately 3,000 employees of which approximately 85% are from local communities. The mine generates over 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for Mexican families.

Goldcorp is one of the world's fastest growing senior gold producers. Its low-cost gold production is located in safe jurisdictions in the Americas and remains 100% unhedged.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements", within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Goldcorp Inc. ("Goldcorp"). Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the future price of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, capital expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration activities, permitting time lines, hedging practices, currency exchange rate fluctuations, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, timing and possible outcome of pending litigation, title disputes or claims and limitations on insurance coverage.  Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects", "is expected",  "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" or the negative connotation thereof.

Forward-looking statements are made based upon certain assumptions and other important factors that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of Goldcorp to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such statements.  Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which Goldcorp will operate in the future, including the price of gold, anticipated costs and ability to achieve goals. Certain important factors that could cause actual results, performances or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, gold price volatility, discrepancies between actual and estimated production, mineral reserves and resources and metallurgical recoveries, mining operational and development risks, litigation risks, regulatory restrictions (including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability), activities by governmental authorities (including changes in taxation), currency fluctuations, the speculative nature of gold exploration, the global economic climate, dilution, share price volatility, competition, loss of key employees, additional funding requirements and defective title to mineral claims or property.  Although Goldcorp has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Goldcorp to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks related to the integration of acquisitions; risks related to international operations, including economic and political instability in foreign jurisdictions in which Goldcorp operates; risks related to current global financial conditions; risks related to joint venture operations; actual results of current exploration activities; environmental risks; future prices of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc; possible variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery rates; mine development and operating risks; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities; risks related to indebtedness and the service of such indebtedness, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Description of the Business - Risk Factors" in Goldcorp's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2012 available at www.sedar.com.  Although Goldcorp has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and accordingly are subject to change after such date.  Except as otherwise indicated by Goldcorp, these statements do not reflect the potential impact of any non-recurring or other special items or of any dispositions, monetizations, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or other transactions that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof.  Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of our operating environment. Goldcorp does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are included in this document, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

SOURCE Goldcorp Inc.



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