zondag 30 juli 2017

Zes mensen gedood na explosie in illegale goudmijn in Colombia

Eén persoon gered na ontploffing in goudmijn in provincie Antioquia

(Bron foto: Twitter)

Zes mensen werden gedood na een explosie bij een illegale goudmijn in het centrum van Colombia, aldus gisteren de autoriteiten, zo meldt persbureau Reuters vandaag, zondag 30 juli 2017.

De explosie vond vrijdag plaats in de gemeente Buritica, in de provincie Antioquia, een gebied waar illegale mijnbouw wijdverspreid is en ongelukken niet ongewoon zijn.

Eén persoon werd gered na de ontploffing.

(Bron: Red. De Surinaamse Krant/Google Earth)
De oorzaak van de explosie is nog niet duidelijk en er zijn nog twee lichamen in de mijn, aldus de regionale rampenautoriteit DAPARD (Departamento Administrativo del Sistema para la Prevención).

Volgens voanews.com vandaag zijn de doden inspecteurs die aan het werk waren voor het Canadese bedrijf Continental Gold (zie onderaan).

Een explosie in een Colombiaanse kolenmijn in juni 2010 kostte 73 mensen het leven, de ergste recente mijnramp in het Andesland.


Continental Gold Announces Serious Incident at an Illegal Mine

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – July 29, 2017) – Continental Gold Inc. (TSX: CNL) (OTCQX: CGOOF) (“Continental” or the “Company”) is extremely saddened to announce that six security contractors (“Contractors”) providing services to the Company perished from apparent asphyxiation during an incident in an illegal mine located away from the Company’s current operations at the Buriticá Project in Antioquia, Colombia. The Company is working with government agencies to provide full support to the families of the victims and will continue to cooperate with the government to intensify efforts to ensure security and legality in the region.
According to the information available at this time, during the evening of Friday, July 28, 2017, the Contractors were performing routine underground inspections of a government-closed illegal mine as ordered by the National Government of Colombia in order to maintain its post-intervention strategy. Upon entering the underground mine, the Contractors were accosted by illegal miners, followed by a subsequent explosion. A seventh Contractor managed to escape and immediately notified all relevant authorities. Rescue efforts were led by the ANM (National Mining Agency of Colombia, the top mining authority under the Ministry of Mines) and DAPARD (the government´s disaster recovery agency), with assistance from Continental. The Company has urged local communities, the State Government of Antioquia and the National Government to unite on this tragedy and pursue all legal means under the law to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The intervention effort in 2016, led by the National Government of Colombia, the State Government of Antioquia and the Municipal Government of Buriticá, to permanently close illegal mines within the Buriticá area was successful in closing the vast majority of illegal mines in an orderly and peaceful manner. However, a few illegal mines continue to operate and the Company is looking to authorities to enforce the rule of law to prevent this kind of tragic event from ever happening again.
“We are deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims,” commented Ari Sussman, CEO of Continental. “It is shameful that this incident has tarnished the remarkable progress made in establishing peace in the municipality over the past 18 months. These efforts have been fully embraced by the local community, which has publicly voiced their strong preference for the benefits of legal versus illegal activities. The health and safety of our employees and contractors is our highest priority at Continental. The Company stands united with the community of Buriticá to bring modern mining that respects the rule of law, the environment and all of the law-abiding stakeholders in the area.”
Mateo Restrepo Villegas, President of the Company stated: “We stand steadfast against illegal mining and will remain vigilant in our efforts to support Colombia in addressing and resolving this problem. We remain committed to working with the Colombian government to eradicate illegal mining in the region to provide the harmony that the Company, communities and all stakeholders deserve.”
“I hope that the control entities, and the entities that have to take measures on this matter and perform the investigations, enforce the law and impose exemplary sanctions against the people responsible, so these things do not keep happening in Buriticá,” Humberto Castaño Usuga, the Mayor of Buriticá stated. “We have been working so that mining in Buriticá operates legally, formally and in an orderly manner while complying with all labor, safety, environmental and legal standards that contribute to the development of our municipality.”
About Continental Gold
Continental Gold Inc. is an advanced-stage exploration and development company with an extensive portfolio of 100%-owned gold projects in Colombia. Formed in April 2007, the Company – led by an international management team with a successful track record of discovering and developing large high-grade gold deposits in Latin America – is focused on advancing its fully-permitted high-grade Buriticá gold project to production with first gold pour on track for early 2020.


Continental Gold Commences Exploration Drilling at the Buritica Project

TORONTO, ON – (Marketwired – July 24, 2017) – Continental Gold Inc. (TSX: CNL) (OTCQX: CGOOF) (“Continental” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that it has commenced a 15,000-metre Phase 1 Expansion underground drilling program as part of the 2017 exploration program at its 100%-owned Buriticá project located in Antioquia, Colombia. Presently, there are three drill rigs operating at site, with two more rigs anticipated to arrive by the end of Q3 2017. The aim of the directional drilling program is multifold and will include infill drilling of both probable reserves and inferred resources in order to move them into higher classification categories. Additionally, step-out drilling is planned to target high-grade extensions along both probable mineable reserve blocks and inferred mineral resources located at or below the elevation of the Higabra Valley Tunnel. Lastly, multiple new targets with high-grade gold potential, identified from grassroots exploration conducted around the Buriticá project during the past two years, will be tested towards the end of the Phase 1 Expansion drilling program. The Company anticipates the first results of this drill campaign to be available in September.
“We are excited to have drills turning again for the first time in more than two years and expect that future results will continue to be positive,” commented Ari Sussman, Chief Executive Officer. “With both the Yaraguá and Veta Sur deposits wide open for expansion, we are confident that drilling will drive shareholder value as we embark on our next phase of corporate growth.”
About Continental GoldContinental Gold Inc. is a development-stage gold mining company. With a first mover advantage in Colombia, the Company has a portfolio of high-grade and high impact exploration and development properties. The Company’s flagship Buriticá project is a high-grade and multi-million-ounce precious metal project boasting mineral reserves of 3.7 million ounces at 8.4 g/t gold (13.7 million tonnes), with production scheduled for early 2020. Newmont Mining recently invested US$109 million at a 46% premium to market to purchase a 19.9% interest and, as a result, the Company is well-funded to initiate construction of the Buriticá mine and initiate aggressive drill programs throughout its portfolio of properties.
The technical information in this news release has been reviewed by Mauricio Castañeda, Vice-President, Exploration of Continental, who is a Qualified Person under Canadian National Instrument 43-101 standards.
For information on the Buriticá project, please refer to the technical report, prepared in accordance with NI 43-101, entitled “Buriticá Project NI 43-101 Technical Report Feasibility Study, Antioquia, Colombia” and dated March 29, 2016 with an effective date of February 24, 2016, led by independent consultants JDS Energy & Mining Inc. The technical report is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, on the OTCQX at www.otcmarkets.com and on the Company website at www.continentalgold.com. Additional details on Continental Gold’s suite of gold exploration properties are also available at www.continentalgold.com.

(Red. De Surinaamse Krant/Reuters/Twitter/Continental Gold)


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