Giant Mine continues with remediation process
Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:16 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The Giant Mine site is looking quite a bit different these days.
The familiar yellow metal siding of the mine's headframe has been removed, which is the next step in the remediation process.
The acting project manager for the mine's remediation team, Adrian Paradis, said the headframe was taken out in order to make things safer for workers and for the public.
"The site's old, it's over 60 years old, and the infrastructure's starting to degrade. As the conditions continue to change it's become a potential safety hazard."
With the headframe now a thing of the past, Paradis said there won't be much work done until the weather gets warmer.
"During the winter months it's more-or-less ongoing monitoring, maintenance, security patrols. We're fairly quiet during the winter months so for the most part you're just going to see some guys going around looking at some monitoring work and then security patrols."
The earlier work at the Baker Creek site, where the tailings from the rock were seeping into the water, has been complete and Paradis said they will begin working on the vegetation side of things in the spring.
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