Trevali Mining Corp. confirmed reports that two executives were convicted of manslaughter in Burkina Faso following a catastrophic flood at the company’s Perkoa mine.
The Vancouver-based miner released a statement Thursday thanking local communities and Perkoa employees who attended a court in Burkina Faso to hear verdicts on Wednesday.
“We have been humbled by the continued support of the Trevali family throughout this ordeal and are extremely grateful for the support we have received,” Jason Mercier, director of investor relations at the company, said in an email. -mail.
Perkoa mine manager Hein Frey, who is South African and worked for Trevali, was given a 24-month suspended prison sentence on Wednesday, while Daryl Christensen, who is South African and contractor manager of Trevali, Byrnecut, received a 12-month suspended prison sentence.
The two men were found guilty of the deaths of eight workers who died on April 16 when the Perkoa mine in Trevali, in the West African country, was flooded following heavy rains.
The bodies of the eight workers were found in May and June.
Trevali said he worked closely with local authorities to investigate the causes of the flooding. The company said in an August press release that it had taken a number of steps to prevent similar events from happening in the future, including raising the mine’s flood protection berm. , installing an early warning system that provides real-time weather and flow information, and improving its emergency management plans.
Since early August, Trevali has been in the process of obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to restart Perkoa, Mercier said Wednesday. The company has not yet made a decision on a possible restart, he added.
In August, Trevali filed for creditor protection under the CCAA (Companies Creditor Protection Act).
As a result, the Toronto Stock Exchange suspended trading in Trevali’s shares. The company’s common shares will be delisted at the close of business on October 3.
—Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press
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