81 people have objected to the new
mining lease and are currently involved in a court case with the
Very little information has been supplied to
objectors about what is planned for the site except that it will
be a level 2 code compliant operation. Worse yet, due to the size
of the mining lease, they are not required by law to do an environmental
The steep terrain, the arsenic levels in the soil, the hydrology
and the climate combine to create a very difficult to contain mine
site. The fact the site in question forms the water catchments of
not one, but two creeks, and is in close proximity to homes highlights
the unsuitability and irresponsibility of this location for mining.
Although there is a record of old historical mining activites on
the new lease, modern scale mining operations will have the potential
to dramatically increase the risk and scale of water contamination.
It is for this reason that many local Watsonville, Herberton and
surrounding regional communitites believe that, coupled with the
fact the mining company has shown very little regard for the environment
and the local community, the new mining lease application should
not be granted.
It is without doubt, in the minds of local residents and beyond,
that Kagara should be made accountable for their negligent actions,
and further more that neither Monto Minerals nor Baal Gammon Copper
should not be deemed fit to mine another lease.
Scientists and naturalists have walked the proposed expansion and
identified a number of rare and endangered flora and fauna such
as the Northern Quoll.
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