BMA forced to close mine

BMA has shut down its Norwich Park mine following a breach of health and safety laws.

A state mines inspector has temporarily shut down the mine at Dysart following a vehicle incident on Friday.

A department spokesperson said there was a failure on the part of mine management to immediately notify the authorities.

The open cut coal mine will not reopen until the reporting system is improved.

This closure follows two gas related incidents in the nearby Bowen Basin over the past week.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has stated there was a small gas fire at the Grasstree mine in Middlemount, and additional gas was detected in the Carborough mine at Moranbah, north of Dysart.

CFMEU regional spokesperson Steve Smyth said that the gas detection equipment helped to prevent a major incident.

“The Grasstree mine had a frictional ignition in their development panel, a heat source with a gas present and they’ve had ignition I believe in the development panel while they were mining coal,” he said.

This news is on the back of a fifth explosion caused by excessive gas underground at the Pike River Coal mine.

BMA has recently drawn ire from the local communities surrounding its coal mines as it seeks to source 100% of its workforce via fly in fly out miners instead of from the local community.

Community groups in and around Moranbah have stated that this will negatively impact the town as it will draw away money, and more importantly people.

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