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The closing of the Dome Mine underground operations at the end of December is but one chapter in the overall story that is Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM), according to Marc Lauzier.

As the mines general manager for PGM, Lauzier said it is not yet time to fully close the book on the Dome story, or the bigger story of PGM in the Porcupine Camp.

Lauzier was commenting Monday on the final shutdown of underground work at the historic Dome mine and what that operation has meant for the community over the past century.

think it has had an impact on the whole region, said Lauzier. Dome has been open since 1910 I believe. I mean, that 107 years. How many communities can say they had 107 years of active mine life from the same gold mine? recalled that South Porcupine benefited significantly from being a gold mining town, just as the mine itself reaped the benefit of a loyal community. He said it was the same throughout the wider community.

lot of the initial infrastructure built in the early days was all because of mines like the Dome, the Mac and the Hollinger. And the Dome was obviously a big part of that, said Lauzier.

He said the other thing about the Dome that stood out for him was the people. Lauzier said if there is to be a lasting legacy that defines the Dome years from now, it will be the people.

I have never worked in a mine that has fourth generation employees. We have people, their parents, their grandfathers and their great grandfathers who all worked at the mine. That is itself is quite an accomplishment. said he began working at the mine in the early 1990s and recalled hearing stories from employees who grew up living in the Dome or Dome Ex townsite.

was amazing to listen to some of the richness of those stories, he said.

best part has been the people. There no doubt. The people that I have worked with, the friendships that I made. There just so many.

Dome has been a training school for a lot of strong mining people, he added.

Lauzier said the mining community across Canada is sprinkled with people whose careers were developed by working at the Dome.

The other part of the Dome underground legacy, he said, is a world renowned ore body.

just think of the size of the ore body. There are very few ore bodies around the world that have mined in excess of 17 million ounces, said Lauzier. Dome is one of those ore bodies. is an impressive thing when you consider that all of the gold that came out of the Bonanza Creek and the Klondike Gold Rush amounted to roughly 14 million ounces.

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if we had the pit now and you think about the total, it could be 22 or 23 million ounces. And that is just, wow. What an ore body, right. It is just a remarkable ore body, said Lauzier.

He said this has ensured the longevity of the town, something that is not enjoyed by every mining town.

I think we are just lucky in Timmins to have had these very rich and very big ore bodies that have helped the community last for so many years, he said.

Speaking of ore bodies, what does Lauzier think of the local theory that the motherlode, the really big ore body in Timmins, has not yet been found?

a geologist myself, that a tough question, Lauzier replied.

think there lot of gold left in Timmins. I think we have to continue to explore and look for it.

Is there another Dome or another Hollinger? I really hope so, he added.

He said it is part of the Goldcorp company outlook to keep searching for new mineral zones and that the best place to look is usually in the shadow of their own headframes.

sure, that is our philosophy within Goldcorp is to keep exploring close to the Dome with the hope that that geological structure that created that ore body, will give us more ore bodies, said Lauzier.

He added that he knows from a professional point of view that the Porcupine Camp has turned up some of the richest ore bodies in the world.

From his heart Lauzier said he wants to believe there are more yet to be found. His sense of optimism continues, despite being the manager on the job the day that the Dome underground was closed. Lauzier said knowing that doesn weigh him down.

see it the other way around, said Lauzier.

we have Project Century coming now and we hoping to re open the pit and we got this phenomenal opportunity for Timmins and for the Dome. said closing the underground mine was something that had to be done because of aging mine infrastructure and the risks involved. Lauzier said it demonstrated to head office that PGM is serious about the way it does business and that it ready to move forward with new ventures.

And we open the door to some more substantial investments and some bigger projects. And so I think people will recognize in the coming years that this was the right decision,
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