The President of the National Chamber of Industry in Mexicali Alberto Sanchez said although talks about the extraction of lithium in Baja California had been stopped in the state administration the activity has big expectations.

Sanchez said the topic has not been discussed at all in the three months of Governor Marina Avila administration.

The issue is that the President’s office has introduced a new energy bill that would give Lithium extraction activities exclusive to the federal government.

Sanchez told La Voz newspaper he does not oppose leaving lithium in the hands of the Mexican government, but emphasized the need to talk about the issue regionally as California has been seeking to extract the mineral for the production of batteries.

“Baja California has a great potential for lithium,” Sanchez said. “It seems that Mexico does not have (lithium) in sight.”

The chamber president said a proposal was presented to Gov. Avila to create a state Department of Energy to locally address topics like lithium.

The agency would include experts that advocate for the state at the federal level. Days ago, a meeting was held in Mexicali to discuss energy issues, but Sanchez said his organization was not invited.

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