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NT Government looking to secure failed iron ore mine before wet season

Inspectors from the Northern Territory Government have visited the iron ore mine owned by Western Desert Resources to make an assessment on whether the failed mining operation could pose a threat to the environment this wet season.

WDR went into voluntary administration earlier this month. It’s iron ore project in the Roper region of the NT is now in the hands of receivers, with just a ‘skeleton staff’ looking after the site.

Mr Phil Hausler executive director of the NT Mines and Energy Department said that the government wants to make sure the mine is ‘secure’ before the wet season. We sent two teams down, one team to cover the mining site and the other to drive down the haul road down to Bing Bong port.

Mr Phil said that “They’ll make an assessment of all three sites, on what the current state of condition is and what works need to happen to secure them for the coming wet season. It’s too early to say what works need to be done.”

He said that “We need to sit down and go through our internal processes to put some priorities on what works might need to happen and then we’ll need to sit down with the receivers and come up with a plan to make that happen. We are well aware the wet season is creeping up and we need to get on to getting works in place as soon as possible.”

Source – ABC

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