Ahafo Mine Serial Cyanide Poisoning in Ghana

Thousands of Dead Fish Poisoned In the Latest Incident At Newmont Open Pit Mine

Tehran Killer Air Pollution

Colorado-based Newmont’s Ahafo gold mine in Ghana. The company was cited for human rights abuses associated with the removal of 10,000 farmer to make room for the mine. The company wants to displace another 10,000 people in order to expand the mine. The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation provided the $125 million loan that allowed Newmont to bring progress to the local economy by removing the people. When Newmont becomes unhappy with protests, the protesters get arrested.

Although the controversial Ahafo mine in Ghana was certified safe by the “International Cyanide Management Code”, the site saw its the first cyanide accident in 2008 and another in October of 2009. Follwing the latter incident, the Ghanan government reported that the mining company lied about the extent of the spill and attempted a cover up. The company was fined seven million Cedis or about $3.4 million.

In January 2012, 3,000 fish were killed by another cyanide spill into a dam used by farmers. A report published by CEIA said analysis of water in the dam lake indicated the presence of high concentrations of cyanide and other heavy metals– by-products of gold mining activities. Newmont said the mass deaths were due to over-population on the part of the fish.

Environmental concerns continue to plague the mine. An independent technical review of the mine’s Environmental Impact Assessment conducted in 2005 by the Center for Science and Public Participation in Bozeman, Montana indicated that Newmont did not adequately assess risks of serious water contamination by acid mine drainage.

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