The staff at Revett Minerals, the operator of the Troy Mine, say it’s still not known when underground operations will continue. The underground operations were put on hold after rockslides occurred in abandoned sections of the mine.
Revett Miners CEO John Shanahan tells NBC Montana that his hope is to continue the underground operations as soon as possible, while avoiding layoffs.
“Our hope is that we will be able to get back into production safely, at the highest standards that we would want to achieve, that we will be able to get back into production, that there won’t be layoffs,” said Shanahan.
Shanahn says that freezing temperatures and rain have caused unstable ground conditions. Workers have kept busy on maintenance and other projects. The mine employs more than 200 people, and is based in Lincoln County, which has the highest unemployment rate in Montana.