Cripple Creek Mine Field Trip

What an amazing experience!

Our group of WIM members were taken to Cripple Creek, Colorado, to visit the Newmont Goldcorp Cripple Creek & Victor mine. After Rob and Rod gave us a safety presentation, we donned our PPE and headed to the open pit mine. Rod shared information about the history of mining in the area while we admired the preserved workings of the past dotting the area. It was very interesting to learn how we are still mining the same locations that were originally mined in the late 1800s. There are actually four surface operations on the site. We all enjoyed the spectacular views as snowflakes danced across our faces.

Brittany, a geologist with Newmont Goldcorp explained how gold telluride ores are only found in four places around the world, including Cripple Creek. She also gave us a great tip on how to tell real gold from fool’s gold. We were also allowed to go through a pile of rocks and take what we wanted as souvenirs. We found pyrite, quartz, telluride, and even fluorite samples throughout the pile. What a treat!

When we arrived at the leaching beds, it was incredible to learn how the site recycles water and has zero water discharge in the leaching process. Throughout the site, it was nice to see pink porta potties for the ladies working onsite.

The company provided a wonderful lunch while we learned about the different programs the company has implemented to reduce water usage, minimize its ecological footprint, and keep workers safe. The employees created one program called SOS (See it, Own it, Solve it), which encourages employees to improve operations by speaking up when they see concerns, taking ownership of those concerns, and helping identify solutions.

Thank you Newmont Goldcorp for a wonderful experience!

Site Facts:

The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine, formerly and historically the Cresson Mine, is an active gold mine located near the town of Victor, in the Cripple Creek mining district in the US state of Colorado. It is the largest current producer of gold in Colorado, and produced 211,000 troy ounces of gold in 2014. The mine is an open pit operation, where gold is recovered by heap leaching. CC&V’s heap leach pad is one of the biggest in the world. Read more about the mine on their own website or Wikipedia.

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