New Gold Provides Update on Cerro San Pedro Hearings
VANCOUVER, July 7 /CNW/ – New Gold Inc. (« New Gold ») (TSX and NYSE AMEX:NGD) today provides an update on the hearings related to the nullification of the Environmental Impact Statement (« EIS ») at the company’s Cerro San Pedro Mine, located in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
On July 7, the Fifth Auxiliary District Court in Mexico City denied the company’s appeal against the September 2009 ruling by the Federal Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice that ordered SEMARNAT, the Mexican government’s environmental regulatory agency, to cancel the company’s EIS in November 2009. Although New Gold has been informed by the court that the decision is negative, the company has not yet been provided the full decision including the written reasons for the denial. As a result, the company is not presently aware of the implications this could have on the Cerro San Pedro mine which is currently fully operational. New Gold expects to receive the detailed full decision in the coming weeks. After the company has had the opportunity to review the full decision, New Gold will file an appeal with a Collegiate Appeals Court in Mexico City. In addition, the company may file an application with the Mexican Supreme Court requesting it hear the case.
New Gold remains in continuous discussions with both SEMARNAT and PROFEPA, the Mexican government’s environmental enforcement agency, to work towards the uninterrupted operation of the Cerro San Pedro mine. The company remains steadfast in its view that the Cerro San Pedro operation complies with the highest environmental standards and should remain operational for the benefit of its local employees and the surrounding communities.
« While we are disappointed by this most recent decision, we will continue to pursue all avenues to ensure the continuous operation of Cerro San Pedro, » stated Robert Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer.
New Gold will continue to provide updates in this matter.
About New Gold
New Gold is an intermediate gold mining company with the Mesquite Mine in the United States, the Cerro San Pedro Mine in Mexico and the Peak Gold Mines in Australia. The company is expected to produce between 330,000 and 360,000 ounces of gold in 2010, growing to over 400,000 ounces in 2012. In addition, New Gold has a strong portfolio of development and exploration assets in North and South America. For further information on the company, please visit www.newgold.com.
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