With access limited following unprecedented flooding June 12-14, the Stillwater Mine near Nye has closed its operations, possibly for four to six weeks, the company announced in a stockholder statement on Friday.
The mine employs just under 1,200 workers with about 90 able to work remotely, according to Heather McDowell, vice president of Sibanye Stillwater. Workers have been idled since June 13 but are being paid their base wages through at least July 1. After that, pay will be evaluated on a weekly basis, according to a newsletter from Wayne Robinson, executive vice president for Sibanye’s U.S. platinum group metals operations.
A bridge on Highway 419 across East Rosebud Creek was destroyed after flooding between Absarokee and Fishtail.
MIKE CLARK Billings Gazette
Although the mine facilities weren’t damaged by the flooding, a bridge across the Stillwater River to the mine’s east side operations was damaged, the road to the mine was washed out and water and wastewater lines servicing the mine need to be rerouted since they were buried alongside the roadway that failed and are now hanging