May 01, 2009
Capstone Temporarily Halts Operations at Cozamin in Response to Mexican Presidential Decree
All non-essential activities in Mexico ordered halted from May 1 to May 5 in response to Flu Pandemic
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Capstone Mining Corporation (CS: TSX) today reported that, in accordance with a Presidential Decree, that it will cease operations at its Cozamin Mine in Zacatecas from May 1 to May 5, 2009, with normal operations resuming on May 6, 2009. The Presidential Decree orders all nonessential government and private sector activities to be suspended for this period, except for essential services and those needed to help fight the swine flu pandemic.
"Capstone is moving quickly to facilitate an orderly suspension of operations at its Cozamin Mine in order to fully support the Mexican government's efforts to fight the swine flu pandemic," said Stephen P. Quin, President & COO of Capstone. "While, as far as we are aware, there have been no cases of swine flu reported in Zacatecas or among our workers, Capstone will do its part to help the government reduce the risk of the flu spreading. Although five days of production will be lost as a result of this closure, we do not view this closure as material to our production forecasts. The Cozamin Mine was ahead of budgeted production in April and has been consistently exceeding expectations over the past month. Capstone therefore remains confident that the lost production will be recouped when operations resume and that we'll achieve our objectives for the year. Limited supervisory, key personnel and security will remain working to maintain the security of the operation and facilitate a smooth start up of operations on May 6, 2009."
Capstone has been working with its employees and their families, and its contractors to minimize the impacts of the flu pandemic. These measures appear to have been successful in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, always a top priority for Capstone in any circumstances. Capstone will continue working with its medical staff and the appropriate authorities to ensure that continues.
For further information about Capstone, please contact:
Darren Pylot, Vice Chairman & CEO, Stephen Quin, President & COO
Or Investor Relations' Mark Patchett at (604) 684-8894 or (866) 684-8894
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