Northern Territory miner GEMCO has seen an angry backlash from the Territory Government after an accidental spill.
The miner accidentally dumped two tonnes of manganese iron ore into the sea at its port facility last week.
However, the incident was not reported until yesterday, angering the Government.
The Northern Territory Environment Minister Karl Hampton has sent inspectors to the site, declaring that he has expressed his anger to GEMCO over the fact it was not reported, adding that fines for polluters would be doubled following this incident, according to the ABC.
Despite the lag between the incident and notifying the authorities, “to their credit GEMCO they immediately reacted and they put a container under the conveyor belt and also they dredged the area where the manganese was dumped into the sea,” NT Resources Minister Kon Vatskalis told the ABC.