Approval granted for Candente Copper to resume copper mining in Peru
Copper mining services firm Candente Copper is set to resume probing for the industrial metal in Peru after weekend developments that saw its efforts green-lighted, Mining Weekly reports.
After having submitted a proposal to access the surface during a three-year period, Candente Copper was approved on Sunday. The Comunidad Campesina San Juan De Kanaris community granted approval for the firm to return to exploring and drilling for feasibility purposes.
The organization previously had allowed the miner of the reddish metal to conduct all exploratory activities excluding drilling.
The firm's proposal had been put on hold about 14 days ago but was anticipating a water permit that would open drilling from the national Water Authority. But, during that 14-day period, the firm was optimistic as it prepared crews and equipment for deployment.
Earlier this year, the Andean nation's Minister of Energy and Mines granted a drilling permit to Candente Copper for the area.
"We are obviously very pleased with the positive decision made by the community yesterday, and the company looks forward to working with the community to continue exploration and feasibility drilling at Canariaco," chief executive officer Joanne Freeze with Candente told the news service on Monday.
She said in a press release that the firm she leads also is looking forward to helping with programs that encourage social and sustainable development.
"This is certainly a very big step forward for both the company and the community, as it is an affirmation of the positive relationship that we have strived to develop since Candente Copper started work at Canariaco in 2004," Freeze said.