FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Minera San Esteban
Phone: 56 2 223 9116
Fax: 56 2 223 8880
Copiapo, Chile – August 5, 2010 - Owned and operated by Minera San Esteban, a portion of San Jose mine collapsed trapping 33 workers underground and their conditions are unknown. Rescue efforts are being coordinated with the office of the Minister of Mining and we should cooperate with their efforts as directed by management. The company has every confidence in the miner’s training, ventilation systems and the collaborative rescue efforts. The cause of the collapse will be determined after the rescue of each trapped miner. In light of these events, the company is asking all employees to refrain from media interviews and allow only designated speakers to release corporate statements. Any requests for comments should be politely declined. This incident serves as a reminder of the critical and ongoing need for safety training programs. This also highlights the importance of immediately reporting any known or suspected safety violations. Lives are at risk every day. Understanding a concern for colleagues, we respectfully ask that employees refrain from contacting the families of trapped miners at this time. This event is overwhelmingly stressful and all focus should be on the rescue of loved ones. Also, any communications could be misconstrued as corporate statements which could further complicate matters. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers until a more appropriate time for contact.
Some employees are also concerned about the future of the business and the potential loss of employment. Just as we have weathered other storms, we trust the safe return of our coworkers and continued business operations. Any information to the contrary will be communicated as soon as possible. Our mines are safe and our employees are qualified and expertly trained. To the extent possible, continue to...