SANTIAGO, Chile Rio Tinto
Plc has suspended operations at its Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah
following a wall slide and is currently assessing the damage,
the company says.
The April 10 slide ran along a
geotechnical fault line of the mines northeastern
"Movement on the northeastern
wall had accelerated in recent weeks, and pre-emptive measures
were taken to relocate facilities and roads prior to the
slide," Rio Tinto said. "Mine operations are currently
suspended while experts assess the extent of the slide and
impact on operations."
No employees were injured.
Bingham Canyon, which is part of London-based Rio
Tintos Kennecott Utah Copper division, is a large
open-pit mining operation that produces about 300,000 tonnes of
copper annually, as well as gold, silver and molybdenum.
Kennecott Utah Copper is the second-largest copper producer in
the United States, meeting almost a quarter of the
countrys copper needs.