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Troy Mine might have to lay off workers

   KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- Revett Minerals says it's unclear when it can resume
operations at the Troy Mine in western Montana following rockslides inside
abandoned parts of the mine and might have to lay off workers.
   Chief Executive Officer John Shanahan tells the Flathead Beacon that the copper
and silver mine could be weeks or months away from starting up again.
   He says the company shut down underground operations Dec. 1 after the r
ockslides. He says rain in November and freezing temperatures in December led to
unstable ground conditions causing rock inside the mine to crack. A series of small
earthquakes in the region in December might also have contributed.
   Revett has kept all 205 employees at the mine working on other projects, but with
the continued underground shutdown layoffs are possible.
   Information from: Flathead Beacon,
   AP-WF-01-19-13 2038GMT

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