Energy & Mining

MSHA updates Kensington accident report

The Kensington mine accident that killed Juneau resident Joe Tagaban last week is the eighth U.S. mining fatality in 2011, according to the Mining Safety and Health Administration. It was also the first explosives fatality for the year. An updated report from MSHA indicates Tagaban was waiting on a ramp for the blast to be…

Kensington mine back in full operation

The Kensington Gold Mine is back in full operation, following a week closure in an area where a miner was killed last week. Mine owner Coeur Alaska says all underground activities are at full capacity. But according to the Mining Safety and Health Administration, no blasting can be conducted in production stopes until the agency…

Coeur applies to build more dorms at Kensington

Coeur Alaska wants to build more employee housing at the Kensington Gold Mine. On Tuesday, the Juneau Planning Commission reviews Coeur’s application to modify a 2004 allowable use permit, which set conditions for the mine within the city and borough. In addition to construction of a new three-story, 96-bed dormitory, modifying the permit would allow…

Report: Underground rock blast kills miner

A preliminary report indicates that rock from an underground blast struck the miner who was killed yesterday (Wednesday) at the Kensington Gold Mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration and mine owners Coeur Alaska are investigating the accident and death of 30-year-old Juneau resident Joe Tagaban. According to MSHA (M-SHAW), Tagaban was working near a…

Fatality at the Kensington Gold Mine

Thirty-year-old Joe Tagaban of Juneau is the victim of an underground accident early Wednesday morning at the Kensington Gold Mine. Coeur Alaska says Tagaban died while performing his regular duties at the mine. The accident happened in an underground stope at the 1260-foot level where Tagaban had been working. The company is investigating the circumstances…

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