Another mine in water breach
ANOTHER Central Queensland mine is being investigated after data identified anomalies in water discharged late last month.
It was revealed late yesterday that BHP Mitsubishi Alliance's (BMA) Peak Downs mine released water on January 28 and 29 - the anomalies in the water mean it breached its Environmental Authority.
This comes after The Morning Bulletin last week revealed two mines - Saraji and Capcoal - had breached their Environmental Authorities while making discharges, since January 23.
Environment Minister Vicky Darling yesterday afternoon launched the investigation into the Peak Downs discharges.
"I am pleased that BMA did the right thing by notifying DERM that a breach to their environmental authority may have occurred," she said.
"I have directed my department to investigate this potential breach as a top priority - this government puts human health, water quality and the environment first.
"The mine has ceased all water releases while the investigation is under way."
Last week Morning Bulletin editor Frazer Pearce, Mayor Brad Carter, and Rockhampton Regional Council's water spokesman Cr Greg Belz were angered at being kept in the dark on mine water discharges and called for weekly reports from the State Government and for mines to contact councils when they release.
More information on water quality reporting in the Fitzroy Basin is available at: www.fitzroyriver.qld.gov.au