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Copper prices press Huckleberry to stop mining at B.C. operation


Last updated 1/10/2016 at Noon

Imperial Metals Corp. Jan. 6 reported the suspension of pit operations at the Huckleberry copper-gold-silver mine in central British Columbia.

Imperial holds 50 percent interest in Huckleberry Mines Ltd., owner and operator of the mine.

The balance is held by a Japanese group consisting of Mitsubishi Materials Corp., Dowa Mining Co. Ltd. and Furukawa Co. Huckleberry Mines Ltd. said the suspension of mining will affect 100 of its 260 employees, the balance of the work force will continue milling stockpiled ore.

Imperial said efforts to reduce operating costs at the Huckleberry mine have not been sufficient to offset declining copper prices.

Huckleberry had an excellent operating record in 2015 with no loss-time accidents.

In December, Huckleberry received a reclamation award and a commendation for its work with the local First Nations from the Government of British Columbia.

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