At least, he has refused to authorize a permit for an extension of 446 hectares (1,102 acres) that El Boleo mining company requested. El Boleo employs 1,283 workers, which means 12 percent of the population of Santa Rosalia in Mulege north of La Paz work for the company. El Boleo is a surface copper-cobalt-zinc-manganese mine established in the 1860’s and currently operated by the Korea Resources Corporation. Its operation includes 3,985 vendors and last year only, it paid $15 million USD in sales taxes. The company has already stated that if the permit is not approved, they will have to shut down the mine this year as it is not productive anymore. Our state government is supporting the mining company. Stay tuned.