HONDURAS – BREAKWATER RESOURCES of Toronto has temporarily suspended milling operations at its El Mochito mine in the northwest part of the country. An unplanned discharge of water from the Soledad tailings impoundment area is to blame. Preliminary investigation showed the discharge is related to the separation of the geotextile liner from the concrete decant structure, said the company.
Based on monitoring conducted to date, Breakwater believes there are no indications of any adverse impacts on receiving waters including nearby Lake Yojoa. No structural damages have been located at Soledad and none is thought to exist.
Mining at El Mochito continues and will continue as long as is practical.
Alternatives, including the possible re-commissioning of the retired tailings facility, are being explored in an effort to return El Mochito to normal mining and milling operations as soon as possible. Until the investigation has concluded and a recovery plan established, no reliable estimate of when milling will resume can be given.
Check the corporate website at www.Breakwater.ca for updates on the situation.