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Barrick officials announce final mill run at mine


March 27, 2019

Barrick Gold officials announced last week a final mill run to process gold ore at the Golden Sunlight Mine in Whitehall is currently scheduled for May.

According to a release from the company, the mine has been approaching the end of its operational life in recent years, with the mine's remaining gold reserves nearly depleted. Following a detailed review of the Golden Sunlight operation, new underground development has ceased, and mining is limited to existing areas only.

A group takes a tour at the Golden Sunlight Mine.

Underground and surface exploration drilling will continue at the operation, with a focus on the southern extension of the Sunlight vein. The Company will also complete metallurgical test work and a structural geological model associated with the APEX target.

In addition, Barrick will be evaluating the potential to reprocess historic tailings, while conducting hydrological and geochemical studies to support ongoing water treatment and reclamation work as part of their commitment as responsible owners of the Golden Sunlight mine

"Our workforce and community partners' interests remain a priority and we will continue with responsible environmental stewardship and management of our social and economic commitments as we work through this evaluation process. In the coming months, Barrick will review the findings from these different work streams and determine the path forward for the operation, at which time a further update will be communicated," the releases states.


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