Sentido Comun – Southern Copper, the Peruvian subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, has temporarily suspended the Tia Maria mining project after nearly two months of increasingly violent protests that have left three dead and challenged the government of Peru.
National Post – The head of a mining company robbed of $8.5 million in gold in Mexico is apologizing for a statement he made in a television interview following the theft. Rob McEwen, president and chairman of McEwen Mining Inc. said that the company has had “a good relationship” with the cartels in the region.
El Sol de Mexico City – The National Commission on Security and the Ministry of Economy have designed a plan to provide protection to mining companies in the country, after they have been victims of organized crime.
The Globe and Mail – Armed robbers have looted about $8.5-million worth of gold from a Canadian mining company in Mexico. Toronto-based McEwen Mining Inc. said the robbers escaped with an estimated 900 kilograms of gold-bearing concentrate, which contained some 7,000 ounces of gold, from the refinery at its El Gallo 1 mine in Sinaloa.
Sentido Comun -Grupo Mexico said its international subsidiary Southern Copper Corp. seeks to re-establish dialogue with those in the region of Arequipa have opposed its Tia Maria mining project.
Reuters – Three employees of Canadian miner Goldcorp Inc. were found dead, family members said, after they were believed to have been abducted in restive southwestern Mexico.
El Dario Mx – A total of 32 mining companies have submitted to the Secretariat of Energy requests for oil contracts to exploit coal bed gas. The interested companies generated 322 requests for different sites during the last quarter of 2014.
EFE -Mexican environmental authorities said a defective pump system at a Minera Maria mine, a unit of Carlos Slim’s Grupo Frisco, caused nearly 180 cubic meters (6,344 cubic feet) of spent copper leach solution to spill into a stream in Sonora.
Financial Post – Four workers at a Mexico mine owned by Goldcorp Inc. have gone missing and were possibly kidnapped, the state attorney general’s office said in a statement.
Silver Seeker – Mexico is the largest silver producer in the world. Peru and China follow. However, these countries trail Mexico by more than 50 million ounces. Mexico produced a record 186 million ounces of silver in 2013, but this declined to 184 in 2014.
AP – Mexican authorities have fined Grupo Mexico about $1.5 million for an Aug. 7 spill of copper sulfate and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers at the Buenavista copper mine in the northern border state of Sonora.
CBC – Canadian diplomats and trade commissioners went further than they should have in their quest to protect the interests of mining company Excellon Resources in a dispute with workers and landowners at a silver mine in Mexico, critics say.
EFE – Work has begun in northern Mexico to repair damage caused by a mining leak last August, when some 10.5 million gallons of copper sulfate spilled into the Sonora River.
BNAmericas – Primero Mining put its $165 million Cerro del Gallo project in Mexico on ice because of weak metal prices. The gold-silver-copper property in Guanajuato state is the latest in a string of projects to fall victim to lower gold and silver prices.
Reuters – Mexican miner Penoles said on Tuesday that it did not know when production would restart in its Naica lead, silver and zinc mine, which was flooded on Jan 1.
Sentido Comun -Peñoles Industries, the world’s leading silver producer, suspended production at its Naica mine after a Jan.1 flooding. No miners were reported injured.
El Universal – Profepa has temporarily shut down activities at Rio Tinto Minera in Rosario, Chihuahua, for not having valid authorization issued by the environmental secretariat.