Blackfire barite mine to remain closed
Company continues to work with government to renew operations.
Friday, October 15th.
Calgary, Alberta… Earlier today, Blackfire Exploration Ltd. was informed that the Mexican Circuit Court has accepted an appeal filed by the Chiapas State Government against an earlier resolution that granted Blackfire protection against closure of their barite mine near Chicomuselo, Mexico. The appeal will keep the mine closed until such a time that conditions imposed by the state government have been satisfied.
“We are disappointed with the ruling but respect the Mexican judiciary and its decision,” said Blackfire President Brent Willis, “We are committed to compliance with Mexican law and will continue to work with the state government to reopen the mine.”
The Blackfire barite mine, which has been operating for approximately three years, has been closed since early this year. Barite is a chemically inert substance that is used in the manufacturing of paints, medical applications and by drilling companies as a weighting agent. Blackfire is dedicated to the safe and responsible extraction of barite following international standards of best practice and the utmost respect for the environment.
“We are devoted to our operations in Mexico and to providing economic benefit for our neighbour communities. We will continue to operate, professionally and ethically, to the highest possible standard to benefit all of our stakeholders.” said Willis.
Blackfire Exploration Ltd. is a Canadian and Mexican owned exploration mining company with assets in British Columbia, Canada and Chiapas, Mexico. Blackfire Exploration Ltd. and its subsidiaries strongly believe in creating jobs and opportunity and supporting local businesses in the communities in which they work.
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