Cameco Hoping To Learn From Esterhazy Mine Scare

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 at 14:55



An official with Cameco says they will try to learn from the recent fire at a potash mine in southern Saskatchewan.


Lyle Krahn says the uranium mining company is confident about its safety measures at northern mines, but it will still take a look at what happened this week in Esterhazy.


A total of 72 miners were trapped underground for almost a day after a fire broke out at the mine located east of Regina.


Krahn points out though significant differences exist between potash mines and uranium mines, noting the risk of a fire is much lower in a uranium mine.


However, Krahn notes that refuge stations containing oxygen, water and emergency supplies — like the one used by the miners in Esterhazy — are also common in uranium mines.