Huckleberry Mine Plans Shutdown
Houston, B.C. – More bad news for workers at Huckleberry Mines Ltd. (HML) near Houston.
Imperial Metals has announced that operations will be suspended once stockpiles of ore are processed.
The company expects the stockpiles will be processed by the end of August, 2016 and will result in 160 job losses.
“The continuing low copper price has forced HML to make this difficult decision despite HML and its employees having made significant strides in reducing operating costs at the Mine,” reads a statement on the mine’s website.
“HML will continue to investigate ways to maintain operations, including consideration of the plan announced today (Friday) by Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett that will allow mining companies to temporarily defer a portion of their hydro bills.”
The announcement comes one month after 100 workers were laid off after the suspension of the mine’s open pit operations.
Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach told 250News in January it’s not the kind of news he likes to hear but admitted it comes part and parcel with living in a resource dependent community.
“Well we had heard rumours coming for some time but I don’t think that makes it any less disappointing,” he told 250News.
“It’s not the kind of news that anyone wants to hear but it is a reality though, living in a resource economy, things go up and things go down and so some pretty challenging conditions right now with copper prices and we’re just going to have to wait to see if things improve.”