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First and foremost, our deepest condolences go out to the families of Daniel Noel and Ethan Shorr. We are so very sorry for your loss. Each person who has a loved one working in the mines shares your pain. Many in the community have given to the recovery mission, whether they are there in person, home consoling a loved one or lending a helping hand where needed. There are many, many heroes in this very sad situation.

Most articles I have read mentioned previous mine accidents and listed fatalities, which is important but there is always another aspect. A very significant fact that has not been mentioned is that Meikle had 2 million man hours without a single incident within the last two years, a huge milestone and very noteworthy — doesn’t that say something about the safety Barrick insist on in its mines?

Barrick is headquartered in Canada and an on-line comment compared them to BP as a “foreign company that shouldn’t be in the U.S.,” complaining about them raping our country, leaving gaping holes and making money off us.

Barrick shouldn’t even be said in the same breath as BP. Yes, they make money — as do their U.S. employees. They are environmentally responsible and do not leave any mine sites barren with gaping holes; millions of dollars are spent on reclamation when a mining site is completed, often it’s better when they leave than when they began.

No one complains about gold mines safety when they are wearing fancy gold watches, jewelry, or using their computers — that much of the gold mined here is used for — which our country is very dependent upon — and what people are using to write their reports or to leave negative on-line comments.

As we all know, Barrick is a huge supporter of our community with many generous donations being made for the better of all of us yearly. They treat their employees with respect and take care of them. Mining plays a very important role in Nevada’s economy. Be supportive of the companies that support you.

Excerpts from Elko Daily Free Press

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