The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jack H. Smith
Ledger Publisher 

Mine manager discusses April production


Officials at Barrick Golden Sunlight mine are expecting to be on target for production in the second quarter of 2017.

At the Community Transition Advisory Committee meeting last Thursday, Mine General Manager Dan Banghart reported the production in April was 3,054 ounces, slightly ahead of the target of 3,000. He said they really need to be in the 4,000-ounce range, but had a shorter mill run last month. He said in May and June the mill runs will be longer to get them back on track.

Banghart told committee members that he was happy to report are three different drilling projects underway, noting this includes both underground and surface drilling.

Banghart said the mine did have a reportable injury on March 21 that put an end to their record stretch of 460 days in between incidents. He said an employee hurt his shoulder and had to have surgery after falling backwards working on a pipe.

Banghart said there are currently 44 Barrick employees, 1 regional Barrick employee, and 96 contract employees currently working at the site.

Mine Engineer Jerry Muething said a DEQ inspection April 12 went very well. He added they are currently reclaiming 10 acres, and are currently working with the topsoil. He added are hoping to seed by October.


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