ELKO — Increased water flow in Newmont Mining Corp.’s Pete Bajo underground mine led to a brief halt in production but is now under control.
“At our Pete Bajo underground operations, an exploration hole drilled from surface temporarily increased water flow into the mine [on Sept. 30],” Newmont wrote in a statement. “The increased flow of water has been controlled and normal operations resumed after a brief pause in production. No employees were injured or at risk during the incident.”
Pete Bajo is one of four underground mines in Newmont’s Carlin operations west of Elko.
Also at the Carlin operations, a slide recently occurred in the Gold Quarry open pit. No one was harmed as a result of the slide on Oct. 3, but operations in the open pit and Chukar underground remain on hold until Newmont conducts technical assessments.