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Kennecott landslide impacts global copper industry, Utah economy

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    "The material that it deposited in there is not ore. That has to be removed. There's no profit in any of that."

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    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.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    April 16, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    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 this catastrophe?

  • KinCO Fort Collins, CO
    April 16, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    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.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    April 16, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    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.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 16, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    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.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    April 16, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    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 ?

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    April 16, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    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?

  • applesnoranges24 Logan, UT
    April 16, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    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.