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Production slowed at Highland Valley Copper mine

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November 28, 2016 - 4:30 PM

LOGAN LAKE - A domed roof covering ore at Highland Valley Copper mine buckled over the weekend, temporarily reducing the mine's output.

Saturday night, Nov. 26, one of the three roofs covering ore stockpiles at the mine partially collapsed. While there were no injuries, mine spokesperson Peter Martell says production will be reduced for about seven days.

“The top part of the backside of the dome has buckled, causing damage to the structure," he says.

The damaged cover means ore underneath won’t be used until repairs are finished, which will reduce production at the mine's mill to 60 per cent. Martell says the decreased production won’t impact the work force. The covers help control dust from the ore pile.

It’s still unknown what caused the collapse and an investigation is underway, Martell says, but the cover was only seven years old, so the incident is a surprise.

The cover that collapsed features the maple leaf and sits between two red domes. The three together look like the Canadian flag. The damage is not visible from the highway, Martell says.

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