BAIE VERTE, N.L. — Some might say sequels are never as good as the originals, but Tom Al says it is obvious that’s not the case with Rambler Metals and Mining. The former geological technician and mine geologist with Rambler in 1981 worked underground in the mine prior to its closure in 1982.
Al, the keynote speaker for the Friday, June 1 formal dinner at the Baie Verte and Area Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual Mining Conference, took guests for “a trip down memory lane.” The Ming copper and gold mine is back in production, and reportedly has a 20-year mine life with 312 million pounds of copper and 57,000 ounces of gold.
He took a tour of the Rambler operation at the Ming mine Thursday, May 31, and was amazed at the new equipment and technology as well as the newfound emphasis on safety.
“The Rambler Metals and Mining people have put a lot of work into this,” he said. “When you have been on the other end, trying to scramble to get money together to do a little bit of drilling, and see what these guys have done is really impressive.”
Despite that, Al said he learned so much in his short tenure at Rambler and living on the Baie Verte Peninsula. “It was just the best experience of my life,” he said. “It is just kind of emblazoned in my memory.
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