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|Des centaines de Tilapias morts flottant sur la réserve d'eau de Dokyikrom-Tutuka
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7 Janvier 2011. Kenyase, Ghana - Les habitants de Dokyikrom-Tutuka dans Le district Asutifi de la Région de Brong-Ahafo, ont découvert un grand nombre de poissons morts flottant dans la réserve d'eau à la Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL). Les résidents pensent que la NGGL aurait déversé du cyanure dans la réserve d'eau à Dokyikrom. Cette théorie a été démentie après que la Société ait envoyé une équipe sur le site pour procéder à une enquêtes préliminaires. Les échantillons d'eau prélevés en divers points pour analyse n'ont cependant pas révélé la présence de traces de cyanure dans l'eau.
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General News of Friday, 7 January 2011
Dead fishes found floating in raw water dam at Newmont Ahafo Mine
Kenyase (B/A), Jan. 7, GNA - Residents of Dokyikrom-Tutuka in the Asutifi District of the Brong-Ahafo Region on Thursday saw a number of dead fishes floating in the raw water dam at the Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) Ahafo Project site.
While the residents claimed that NGGL had spilled cyanide into the raw water dam at Dokyikrom, Tutuka near Kenyase, the Company has countered: "Newmont position is that some fishermen in the area applied chemicals wh= en fishing in the river and probably caused the death of the fishes but the Company is investigating."
Mr Adusah Yakubu, Local Coordinator of WACAM, an environmental protection advocacy non-governmental organisation (NGO) operating in mining areas in the country, told the GNA that the incident occurred on Thursday. He said residents of the affected communities detected on Thursday tha= t a number of dead fish were floating on the raw water dam, adding that Tutuk= a is the largest settlement among a number of communities in the dam area. Mr Yakubu explained that they realised that a chemical and water-controlled dam built by Newmont had become full and, therefore, spilled over to cause the death of the fishes.
He described the situation as 93very serious" because residents dep= ended on the water for domestic purposes.
Mr Eric Addae, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asutifi, told GNA in a telephone interview that some Assembly Members had informed him about the incident and they claimed the surface of the dam had become whitish. He said: 93Newmont's position is that some fishermen in the area ap= plied chemicals when fishing in the dam and probably caused the death of the fishes but the Company is investigating."
Mr Kwame Azumah Agbeko, Communications Manager of the Company, in a telephone conversation with GNA stated: 93There has not been any discharge from our operations and there is no spill whatsoever."
He, however, confirmed that some dead fishes were found on the surface of the raw water dam by the Company's Community Patrol Team on Thursday. The Communications Manager explained that the Team moved around the mine-take area to educate and inform residents about the operations of the Company, adding that they helped to maintain the integrity of the Company= 's boundaries. Mr Agbeko indicated that the Team drew the attention of the Company to the incident and the Company in turn informed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission. He stated that the EPA had gone to the scene for 93samples" for investigations and the situation was being monitored.
Mr Ransford Sekyi, Director Responsible for Mining at the EPA, told the GNA that the NGGL had reported an incident of dead fishes in the raw water dam, which is contiguous to the tailings dam at the Mine. He said the tailing dam has been constructed to acceptable engineerin= g specifications and explained that a number of factors could account for the dead fishes so the EPA has sent a team to investigate to establish the caus= e of the deaths. Mr Sekyi said until the team submitted its report it would be too hasty to draw any conclusion adding that NGGL was also investigating the incident.
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Dead fishes in Newmont's Ahafo Mine is not due to cyanide spillage - EPA
Source: GNA - Ghana News Agency
Business & Finance | Mon, 10 Jan 2011
It would be hasty to conclude that dead fishes in a water storage facility (WSF) at Newmont Gold Ghana Limited (NGGL)Ahafo Mine resulted from cyanide spillage, a Senior Programme Officer of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.
He said from the "initial investigations of the EPA the cause of the dead fishes cannot be established" adding, of our visual appraisal of the water colour of the WSF showed that it was natural and further when we went round the facility, we saw that there were live aquatic activities". The WSF is a dam constructed to store raw water that is used at the processing plant of the Company, Mr Awozum explained.
Mr Awozum, who was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani after leading a two-man team from the EPA on Friday to conduct initial investigations, confirmed that dead fishes were found in the WSF. Residents in communities such as Dokyikrom-Tutuka claimed that dead fishes found in the dam resulted from cyanide spillage. They added that the dam was the source of their drinking water.
The Senior Programmes Officer stated that the Company's Community Patrol Team (CPT) found dead fishes, mainly Tilapia in the WSF on Thursday, saying after informing the EPA in Sunyani around 1700 hours the Company then dispatched a team to the site to do preliminary investigations.
He said that team took four water samples from various points of the WSF for analysis and added that at the first point, 114 dead fishes were found. Prior to that, the Company had taken a sample of water for cyanide analysis at their own laboratory, Mr Awozum said adding, they did not detect any traces of cyanide in the water".
The WSF, according to the Senior Programmes Officer is a "restricted zone and sign posts have been erected prohibiting entry into that area. He said when our team reached there, we realized that there has been human activity including digging at some points close to the banks of the WSF. We also found four fishing hooks suggesting that probably the diggings might have been done to find earth-worms that were used as bait on the hook for fishing".
He observed that even though the WSF area was a no entry zone for unauthorized persons, human activities occurred there since the residents of the communities around trespassed to undertake fishing expedition. The Senior Programmes Officer stressed that the EPA had, therefore, asked NGGL to preserve the water samples and some of the dead fishes for them to conduct further investigations.
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