"Resue" is a method of mining used for narrow veins, in which the rock wall adjacent to the vein is removed by cutting or excavating in steps or layer by layer (stoping), allowing the ore to be extracted in a cleaner condition. Where the mine, ore-body and mine operation warrant, this method is highly effective in maximizing the amount of metal mined while reducing waste and development costs.


The resue mining method was used to profitably mine the Revenue-Virginius mine from 1885 to 1916. Recently, the OSM team conducted trial stoping on 200 feet of the Virginius Vein, and confirmed the viability and positive economics of the resue method.