SALT LAKE CITY -- Kennecott Utah Copper is set to announce a timeframe for digging out Bingham Canyon mine from a major landslide.
Company officials were scheduled to offer updates on the disaster Thursday and a tour for news organizations into the pit in the mountains southwest of Salt Lake City.
Kennecott says 165 million tons of rock and dirt slid down a wall of the pit April 10. The company says copper production could be halved this year as it labors to dig out. Debris with no ore value has piled high in the pit.
Experts say it could be a blow to Utah's economy, depending on how long it takes Kennecott to resume full operations.
Mining experts call it one of the largest landslides in one of the biggest mining pits.