Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rio Tinto drilling for copper, gold near Eureka

Rio Tinto, which owns Kennecott Utah Copper Corp., is boring holes just outside Eureka, looking for copper, gold and molybdenum. "The only way to do any exploring is to drill," Erik Best , Rio Tinto’s North American land manager, said Tuesday in updating the Utah County Commission on the company’s Big Hill Project in the county’s southwest corner. The drilling site had been mined previously, but Rio Tinto believes early miners may have missed some deposits. Eureka residents welcome the mineral exploration less than three miles from the former Juab County mining town, especially the prospect of an employment boom if crews find sufficient mineral riches. Salt Lake Tribune