According to a notification issued to registered downstream water users below the gold mine the following advice was offered this morning regarding rainfall impact on Dargues Gold Mine. The Dargues Gold Mine has received 30.6 mm of rainfall to 9 am this morning (17 September 2019). Overall the Site is holding up very well, however, there has been a small discharge of sediment laden water through an earth containment bund which has resulted in sediment discharge to Spring Creek and into Majors Creek (Attached Photo: Discharge Location). The earth containment bund was channelling sediment laden water to the Sediment Basin located downstream of the Tailings Storage Facility bulk earthworks.
Immediate action has been taken to contain the discharge and determine the extent of any impacts on the environment. This includes: Construction of a diversion drain from the spill location to the Sediment Basin at the toe of the Tailings Storage Facility embankment to prevent any further discharge. Sediment and erosion control inspections of the entire site.Water sampling at all surface water locations, consistent with the Water Management Plan.The stand down of all surface bulk earthworks activities. The EPA and other regulatory agencies have been notified.
The area from which the discharged water originated contains only disturbed soils. There are no chemicals, hydrocarbons or other pollutants contained within this area.
We will continue to keep you updated as further information comes to hand. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 1800 732 002 if you would like further information.