Hidden Valley mine General Manager, David Wissink, has gone on the record with the almost Orwellian claim that his mine “places a high value on responsible environmental stewardship”.
Really Mr Wissink?
If your mine and its owners, Newcrest and Harmony Gold, place a high value on responsible environmental stewardship why is the Watut river suffering from sedimentation and toxic pollution problems?
Did you ensure the construction of stable waste dumps using fresh rock during the mine construction as promised in your Environmental Plan?
When you had to remove higher levels of overburden than had been expected did you ensure it was properly and safely stored before carrying on?
Is it true you failed to construct the two retaining dams promised in your Environmental Plan to stop runoff into the river system?
Come on Mr Wissink, haven’t the landowners got it right when they say “your attitude was to get into production as soon as possible to contain costs rather than remedying the dumping and erosion problems”?
No-one, just no-one, is going to be fooled by fancy rhetoric, Mr Wissink, while the evidence is clear that the mine has caused serious environmental problems.