Petition: Block Rio Tinto's shonky Blair Athol deal

Blair_Athol_Nothing_over__1.jpgThe world's second largest mining company, Rio Tinto, has owned the Blair Athol mine for over 30 years. During the resources boom Rio Tinto made huge profits from the mine. In 2012 Blair Athol was closed and Rio Tinto promised to complete the rehabilitation of the mine within five years. No rehabilitation has been undertaken since 2012. 

Instead Rio Tinto has tried to offload its rehabilitation liability by selling the mine to small mining companies with few assets. On 4 July 2016 it was announced that TerraCom Ltd would purchase the mine for $1.00 and accept responsibility for cleaning up the remaining 1166 hectares of land that Rio Tinto has degraded. TerraCom has a huge debt burden, few assets and no known expertise in rehabilitating mine sites.

A financial assurance of $79 million has been lodged with the Qld Government by Rio Tinto to cover the cost of rehabilitation. However, industry insiders estimate the true cost of cleaning up the site to be in excess of $160 million and possibly $300 million.

The Queensland minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham, is responsible for deciding whether Rio Tinto will be able to offload its rehabilitation liability onto a small company that is unlikely to be able to clean up the Blair Athol site. Minister Lynham must block this sale and demand that Rio Tinto commence rehabilitation immediately as required under their mining licence. 

Dr Anthony Lynham

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines

The cost of rehabilitating the Blair Athol mine is likely to be well in excess of the $79 million financial assurance currently held by the government. Rio Tinto's attempt to sell the mine to a minor player in the resource industry is merely an attempt to avoid the full cost of rehabilitating the mine site.

We urge you to block Rio Tinto's attempt to sell the Blair Athol mine to TerraCom Ltd.

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  • signed 2016-07-23 13:37:49 +1000
    Big business need to do the right thing. They have raped the land of all it’s minerials, they should live up to there promises.
  • signed 2016-07-22 12:35:28 +1000
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  • signed 2016-07-22 11:07:09 +1000
    Clean up your mess & look after our beautiful country. You made millions plus, give a little back to our country side.
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  • signed 2016-07-22 11:05:39 +1000
    one has to wonder wbat the Government has to gain from letting these shonks operate and continue to burden the taxpayer with degraded environments and clean-up bills. Alison Mason
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  • signed 2016-07-22 07:31:31 +1000
    The nerve
  • signed 2016-07-22 02:34:00 +1000
    Clearly this an attempt for Rio Tinto to sell this mine off so they don’t have to rehabilitate this site!! The Minister needs to do his job and protect the public interest here by not allowing the site to be sold off and never rehabilitated!! This is a mining companies sole responsibility, they must return the site not leave it destroyed, filthy and unusable!! This is part of the agreement under their licensing contract, do not allow the sale and force these dodgy companies to do what they are supposed to!! Anything else is NOT ACCEPTABLE!!
  • signed 2016-07-21 22:57:47 +1000
    n ot tax payers debt,
  • signed 2016-07-21 22:32:29 +1000
    Paul Longva
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    Shane Kneipp
  • signed 2016-07-21 11:58:50 +1000
  • signed 2016-07-21 11:39:06 +1000
    Dont let them shame us, make them pay!
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