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Why clean it up when you can begin fresh mining somewhere else?
As I remember there is tons of copper and Nickel up north and our state could cash in big time on this. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Dig, Baby, Dig!
Big increase in the price of copper - supply and demand! I'm hoarding pennies myself...
So, if they knew it was going to collapse and kept workers out of there, why didn't they keep the equipment out?
Did anyone read "they were expecting this for months"? Though they did not move equipment out of range?
Freedumb86 "Why clean it up when you can begin fresh mining somewhere else?" Because mineral deposits just don't happen to occur just anyplace, and often not in convenient places. Plus, there is probably a substantial ore deposit left at the Bingham Canyon site, so cleanup becomes necessary, not to mention the environmental damage that could occur because of this unexpected subsidence of the pit wall.
Wow. That's a big hole
kmmvk3: If you had read the article, you would know the answer to your question. They moved their equipment out of the way -- however the slide covered a larger area than was predicted and ended up burying it....
Spark "even though it had been anticipated by the company. It ran farther out than expected, burying equipment that had been staged there for a dig-out." Sounds as if they staged it to where they anticipated the material would subside, however, it appeared to be a larger amount than expected. AND, they moved the equipment to that area with the intent on using it for cleanup. Much of this equipment isn't moved in five or ten minutes, especially slow-moving shovels, draglines, etc. Plus, the shovels require electric cables to be in place.
Interesting. People use and recycle aluminum for cans. But most people don't throw away copper. Sure it's recycled but I bet copper products aren't "turned over" as much as aluminum.
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