*Isla MacGregor pic of hazardous mine waste tyres, Mt Lyell Mine
Copper Mines of Tasmania in Queenstown has again delayed re-opening its mine as a result of a major rock fall in a ventilation shaft ( TT here ).
The latest setback for CMT comes in the wake of the tragic deaths of three miners at the Mt Lyell mine which are currently still under investigation by the Coroner ( ABC here ).
Meanwhile, Copper Mines of Tasmania’s parent – Vedanta ( Wikipedia here ) – is coming under fire in the UK.
There is a campaign to have Vedanta Resources PLC de-listed from the UK Stock Exchange because of alleged exploitative behaviour in Africa, particularly Zambia. ( Here ).
I wonder if there is not an awful lot of truth in Nigel Birch’s comments that [i]It seems that it is often environmental groups that have to ensure project compliance, due to regulatory failure by governments.[/i] ( TT here ).
That immediately raises the question – hopefully to be answered by the Coroner – about any possible regulatory failure by WorkSafe Tasmania at the Mount Lyell mine site.
The other big question that needs to be asked is why are Tasmanian unions so silent about Vedanta’s atrocious track record on human rights abuses and environmental vandalism and the campaign to have them de-listed from the UK stock exchange especially now that Vedanta is reviewing the economic viability of the mine.