Qld mine guilty of environment breach

Sep 30, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Yahoo!

A North Queensland mining company has been found guilty of breaching a court order and two environmental protection directives relating to its storage of contaminated water.

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Elias

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Oct 1, 2011
 
Obviously when there is self reporting to licencing agencies mining companies will always do minimum risk assessment prior to storage of contaminated water nearby flood zones or areas with a high water table or at risk of seepage through porous soils into waterways.

This unfortunately is the cost of giving this secotr carte blanche in relation to running their operations on the basis their industries are helping keep Australia's economy from recession.

Not the first time this has happened and Australian mining companies have contaminated water supplies in other countries;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ok_Tedi_environm...

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Oct 1, 2011
 
Elias wrote:
Obviously when there is self reporting to licencing agencies mining companies will always do minimum risk assessment prior to storage of contaminated water nearby flood zones or areas with a high water table or at risk of seepage through porous soils into waterways.
This unfortunately is the cost of giving this secotr carte blanche in relation to running their operations on the basis their industries are helping keep Australia's economy from recession.
Not the first time this has happened and Australian mining companies have contaminated water supplies in other countries;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ok_Tedi_environm...
Well FYI Mr. Judgemental-Know-it-all, this mining company is part of the Aditya Birla Group which is partly owned by an Indian corporation "Hindalco Industries Ltd". Concentrates produced at each of copper mines are shipped to the Hindalco owned copper smelter in India.

So I guess you could say THEY are polluting their own country as well as ours... and we all know just how badly Indians pollute their own country, don't we! NO respect for their own country's environment and NO respect for ours!
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Gottaliv wrote:
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Well FYI Mr. Judgemental-Know-it-all, this mining company is part of the Aditya Birla Group which is partly owned by an Indian corporation "Hindalco Industries Ltd". Concentrates produced at each of copper mines are shipped to the Hindalco owned copper smelter in India.
So I guess you could say THEY are polluting their own country as well as ours... and we all know just how badly Indians pollute their own country, don't we! NO respect for their own country's environment and NO respect for ours!
That may be so, but I was referring to the broader issue from this case whereby mining companies in Australia have been historically flouting environmental obligations for "best practice" risk assessment for years. Where a cost is involved then only the strictest licencing arrangements can make the companies adhere to best practice in terms of risk and better ensure water ways and water supplies are guaranteed protection.

While this group is financed by Indians the operators and managers on site are Australians and are quite familiar with environmental law. I'm not sure why this is a reason for the contamination as most Australian mining companies are largely owned by foreign interests including the Chinese, Americans and Europeans.

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Elias wrote:
Not the first time this has happened and Australian mining companies have contaminated water supplies in other countries; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ok_Tedi_environm...
Funny how when you post a link to something which is supposed to denigrate Australia and/or Australians, you always manage to shoot yourself in your own foot.

And if you can provide a link to any Mining Company which is fully owned and operated by AUSTRALIANS then you'll be doing really really well.

"OK Tedi" was formed by BHP (combined Broken Hill and Anglo-Dutch company) in conjunction with its partners the Papua New Guinea Government and the Canadian Inmet Mining Corporation.

Why don't you Google "Wholly Australian owned and operated mining companies" and see what you come up with?

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Elias wrote:
<quoted text> While this group is financed by Indians the operators and managers on site are Australians and are quite familiar with environmental law. I'm not sure why this is a reason for the contamination as most Australian mining companies are largely owned by foreign interests including the Chinese, Americans and Europeans.
So, you're absolutely sure about that are you? There are no Indians or foreigners operating or managing these companies eh? Be very careful how you answer that... I just might know something you don't seem to.

God you talk some shit when you're trying to put Australians down!
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Gottaliv wrote:
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Funny how when you post a link to something which is supposed to denigrate Australia and/or Australians, you always manage to shoot yourself in your own foot.
And if you can provide a link to any Mining Company which is fully owned and operated by AUSTRALIANS then you'll be doing really really well.
"OK Tedi" was formed by BHP (combined Broken Hill and Anglo-Dutch company) in conjunction with its partners the Papua New Guinea Government and the Canadian Inmet Mining Corporation.
Why don't you Google "Wholly Australian owned and operated mining companies" and see what you come up with?
BHP is Australian based. It's head office was a not far from where I used to work.
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BHP is Australian based. It's head office was a not far from where I used to work.
Good to see people are waking up to you

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Elias wrote:
<quoted text> BHP is Australian based. It's head office was a not far from where I used to work.
Really truly?(heavy sarcasm intended)

Was the song "I've Been Everywhere" written especially for you was it? Seems there isn't 'one place' or 'one race' you haven't been to or know 'personally' about.

You didn't answer my question in comment #5 - but I didn't really expect you to as it would go against your proclamation if you answered truthfully.

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