Scorpio Provides Update Following Mexican Government Directive


    VANCOUVER, May 4 /CNW/ - Scorpio Mining Corporation (TSX: SPM) reports it
has suspended operations at its Nuestra Senora mine, Sinaloa State, Mexico,
and plans to restart on May 6, 2009. The temporary suspension is in support of
the Mexican presidential decree aimed to prevent the spread of the H1N1, or
swine flu virus.
    Peter J. Hawley, Chairman, CEO reports, "Under our current operating
plan, the mine and mill runs at the rate of 17 days per month, which means
that we expect that this temporary shut-down will not impact the Company's
production forecast".
    The Company reports that its Mexico operations are "relatively isolated"
and that it has no outbreaks of the flu at its location.
    Further information on the Nuestra Senora project is available on the
Company's web site at:
    President, Mr. D. Roger Scammell, P.Geo., is the Company's Qualified
Person for the Nuestra Senora project and has reviewed the content of this


    Peter J. Hawley
    Chairman & CEO

    This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities
legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to,
statements with respect to restarting operations and Scorpio Mining
Corporation's commitment to, and plans for developing the Nuestra Senora
Project. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the
forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect",
"is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "projects", "intends",
"anticipates", or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or "variations of such
words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may",
"can", "could", "would", "might", or "will" be taken", "occur" or "be
achieved". Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of
activity, performance or achievements of Scorpio Mining Corporation to be
materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements, including but not limited to: risks related to the exploration and
potential development and construction of the Nuestra Senora Project, risks
related to international operations, construction delays and cost overruns,
the actual results of current exploration, development and construction
activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters
as plans continue to be refined, future prices of silver, zinc, copper, lead
and gold, as well as those factors discussed in the sections relating to risk
factors of our business filed in Scorpio Mining Corporation's required
securities filings on SEDAR, including its Annual Information Form dated March
27, 2008. Although Scorpio Mining Corporation has attempted to identify
important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those
contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause
results to be materially different from those anticipated, described,
estimated, assessed or intended.
    There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements will prove
accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from
those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Scorpio Mining Corporation does
not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are incorporated
by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

For further information:

For further information: Rich Kaiser, YES International: 1-800-631-8127,
001-757-306-6090 (outside North America), Email:

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