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Yukon mine halts operations after system failure, says infrastructure damaged

The Canadian Press
Yukon mine halts operations after system failure, says infrastructure damaged
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MAYO, YT. – Work has been temporarily stopped at a mine in central Yukon after what the company says was a failure of its system that uses chemicals to help extract gold.

Victoria Gold says its heap leach pad at the Eagle Gold Mine near Mayo experienced a failure, causing some damage to infrastructure and that “a portion of the failure has left containment.”

Heap leaching uses chemicals to percolate through crushed ore, allowing it to extract the gold.

A technical report on the company’s website says gold is being leached with a cyanide solution.

The company says no one was injured, and staff and management continue to assess the situation and gather information.

John Thompson, a spokesman for the Yukon Department of Energy Mines and Resources says in a statement that territorial natural resource officers will be investigating.

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