Blackfire To Sue the Government of Chiapas The Cynicism of Canadian Mining Companies

Feb 19, 2010

Chiapas, Mexico — Under Chapter 11 of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian mining company Blackfire Exploration, linked to the death of opposition leader Mariano Abarca Roblero, intends to sue the government of Chiapas for almost $800 million, to repair the damage and injury caused by the closure last December 2009 of the barite mine in Grecia ejido in the municipality of Chicomuselo. The Canadian mining company has significant interests in the state and plans to create the infrastructure in the Port of Chiapas that would allow it to market the wealth they extract from the state to the Asian market, in this case supposedly the largest titanium mine in North America…

-Read the Entire Letter, from the Mexican Network of People Affected by Mining (REMA)
-Read translation of original Milenio Online article