McGill Research Group Investigating
Canadian Mining in Latin America

Payback Mine, Mexico

Key Data

Company:Blackfire Exploration Ltd. Operational status:suspended Materials extracted: Type of mine:unknown Main issues:community relations


Synopsis: Peasant and indigenous groups representeing numerous communities in this area of Chiapas demanded the termination of mining in the region. The company was accused of failing to adequately consult with the community or address its concerns over the disruption of the local water table. One of the community leaders Mariano Abarca was assassinated outside his house in 2009. There is a current RCMP investigation into allegations that the company paid off local authorities.


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