BACKGROUND: Mine Accident near Ouray

OURAY, Colo. The Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety (DRMS) issued a news release saying they would be cooperating with the federla Mine Safety and Health Administration in MSHA's investigation of the mine accident near Ouray. DRMS regulates environmental impacts at the mine. Mine safety and enforcement is under the jurisdiction of MSHA.

The release also provided this background information about the mine operation, " Star Mine Operations LLC obtained a permit for the Revenue Mine southwest of Ouray in February of 2013 to mine silver, gold and sulfide minerals from vein deposits on patented mining claims owned by the company. This followed prospecting at the site beginning in 2011. All mining at the site is conducted underground via drill and blast methods. Surface disturbances associated with the Revenue operation include water ponds, waste storage, mining support facilities and processing facilities."

The last inspection of the facility was in September of 2013 to review the construction and certification of the underground mill for processing ore and technical aspects related to surface facilities.

DRMS holds a $277,078 reclamation bond for the 34-acre site.

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