The provincial Department of Natural Resources is not about to jump into the middle of what it considers to be private business dealings in relation to the Beaver Brook antimony mine.
The Telegram asked the department for response to public calls for a government investigation into the idling of the mine.
As reported in Thursday’s edition, the calls are being made by the mine’s former owners and a self-identified past investor. Their statements about the operation have raised questions within the communities of Glenwood and Appleton — communities nearest the mine.
“Ownership had advised officials within the Department of Natural Resources of the decision to suspend operations at the antimony mine in Beaver Brook, and provided a reasonable business explanation as to why this action was taken. This is strictly a business decision of the company, with the department having no authority or role in their commercial arrangements,” a provincial government spokeswoman stated in an email Thursday.
“While it is unfortunate that the mine has suspended operations, departmental officials are optimistic that operations will reopen within the next two years. The department will continue to monitor exploration activities at the mine.”