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Letter: Open pit lookout should open this spring, summer blasting times in effect

Hollinger Project Community Advisory Committee chair shares what's been happening
2019-10-23 Hollinger Lookout2 MH
The Hollinger Pit lookout should open this spring. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

Good day, just a small update regarding the Hollinger open pit.

Noise monitoring confirms compliance is 93.4 per cent of the operating hours at all the internal monitoring stations.

There were no over-pressure or vibration exceedances reported for November and December 2021.

There was one non-continuous dust fall exceedance recorded in November 2021. Now that spring is just around the corner there will be dust but you need to remember that it can be caused by high winds and the over-abundance of sand on the city streets and roads, if it’s a hot dry summer the winds will carry a certain amount of dust.

Once the snow is all gone, operations will resume with the water trucks on the haul road.

In the coming months, the committee will be working with Newmont staff working the open pit to engage on the future plans for the closure phase when the time comes.

The lookout is 98 per cent complete, there are a few things that still have to be done before the opening of the lookout, pending the spring thaw at the end of May or beginning of June. Look for an announcement soon from the company and the committee. We hope that everyone takes advantage of the lookout, to see an actual mining operation at work.

The summer blasting times are in effect from 11:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m to 4 p.m.

If anyone has any questions you can email me at helgakroll@hotmail.com and I will try my very best to get answers for you

Wishing you all a great and wonderful summer.

Helga Kroll,
Chairperson
Hollinger Project Community Advisory Committee