Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Silver mine at Shafter to be reopened

Aurcana Corporation, a Canadian silver mining operation, has announced that it is recommissioning a silver mine located near the Presidio County ghost town of Shafter. Beginning in April, Aurcana is hoping to produce enough silver at Shafter to mine 2.8 million ounces of silver in 2012 and then as much as 21 million ounces over the next four years.

I have yet to visit Shafter, which is located 43 miles south of Marfa on Highway 67, but it should be an interesting visit. Shafter has a current population of 11 and a whole bunch of abandoned stores and buildings left over from the last silver mining operation, and the first scenes of The Andromeda Strain were filmed in the ghost town.

It will be interesting to see what happens to Shafter over the next few years as a result of the mining venture. Stay tuned...

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