Mining Safety Regulations Could Become StricterBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 09/15/2022 - 10:00
On the back of the collapse in Coahuila, the president said that the sector has failed to create a safe environment for workers. In addition, Equinox Gold considers strikes on its premises illegal but is committed to establishing a dialogue with protestors and reaching an agreement.
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President López Obrador said that following a recent accident at a coal mine in Sabinas, Coahuila, it has become evident that the mining sector has not sufficiently strived to improve the safety of its operations. Consequently, he will impose stricter regulations to ward off further accidents. For its part, mining chamber CAMIMEX, which represents around 90 percent of the mining sector’s value creators in the country, asserted that the industry has significantly reduced its death and injury rates by improving its operating standards and technologies.
The Mexican government announced that the relatives of the 10 miners trapped in a coal mine in Sabinas, Coahuila, have agreed to the new rescue plan and will soon receive compensation. However, relatives have complained about the lack of progress in the rescue efforts and have even called for the dismissal of the National Civil Protection Coordinator Laura Velázquez.
A month after the collapse of the coal mine in Sabinas, Coahuila, which trapped 10 miners, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) announced it obtained an arrest warrant against three people that are presumably responsible for the mine’s collapse.
The Canada-based mining gold producer Equinox Gold reported that its operations at the Los Filos project were suspended due to protests organized by inhabitants of surrounding communities, compromising the production of one of the company’s highest-potential mines.
The National Union of Mining, Metallurgical, Steel and Similar Workers of the Mexican Republic (SNTMMSSRM) is asking for an audit of PEMEX subsidiary Fertinal after unionized workers decided to go on strike. The union argues that the company hides the truth regarding its activities from President López Obrador.
To solve a labor conflict with Cananea miners that has extended for almost 15 years, President López Obrador instructed Minister of the Interior Adán Augusto López to meet with representatives of Section 65 of the National Union of Mining, Metallurgical, Sidelurgical and Similar Workers of the Mexican Republic (SNTMMSSRM). The meeting took place in Mexico City and seems to have led to an agreement.