Iket I don't think they're going to stop mining because of
this. Production is just on hold until they fully assess the situation and
determine it is safe for the workers to come back in. The dirt from the slide is
most likely very unstable. Slides like this don't close a mine down when
it's an open pit mine. It's mainly a matter of moving the dirt again.
heres the real thing can it collapse the other way to into the valley, as it is
the biggest open pit mine in world. they have dug up a whole mountain and thrown
the dirt on the sides. dont say something is little tell you know the real
impact anyway. and what happens to the hole when they dont mine anymore are they
going to fill it up, or just leave and let it fill with water?
Just wondering since it is SO deep, why they haven't tunneled in from the
base and then use conveyors to transport it out horizontally ... so they
don't burn so much fuel driving it out the top in the huge trucks ? Is
that feasible or not ?
this makes no sense. You don't employ people as long as the equipment is
working then lay them off if it breaks down. This land slide is all part of
mining ore and every business has to repair equipment or do things that
don't bring in money. If you layoff you then sentence yourself to less
profits automatically because you will have less production. Seems like the
best thing to do is clean it up ASAP and get back to digging for ore.
Dale, this was not a "catastrophe." Nobody was killed or even injured.
It is possible that some people may be inconvenienced for a period of time, but
Kennecott's engineers did an admirable job of preventing a catastrophe, and
they are to be commended.
dalefarr - turns out "everyone" doesn't live in South Jordan, Utah,
and everyone doesn't know what happened. This article is the first
I've heard of the slide. I'm guessing that no one is able to say why
yet (no one has been in to examine at the slide--as the article clearly states).
As that information becomes available, I'm sure it will be reported.
Thankfully nobody was hurt.
Well we know what happend and when it happened. It will be worthwhile for the
D-News to report on the other journalism "W's", why did it happen?
and who if anyone made any decisions that increased or decreased the risks of
"The material that it deposited in there is not ore. That has to be removed.
There's no profit in any of that."-----------Yup! Most of the stuff that slid down is known as "overburden". And
what a burden it's going to be to move it all away.From the way
this is developing it sure looks like there will be some furloughs and/or
layoffs coming down the line.Bad news.