Mine blasts breaks plates 1km away

A mine blast that exceeded limits at a mine in the New South Wales Hunter has broken plates in a home about a kilometre away, and mining giant Xstrata has made it up to the owner by paying for new crockery.

Camberwell resident Deidre Olofsson’s two favourite Franklin Mint plates fell off a wall and a wall clock dislodged from its hinges as a result of the blast at the Glendell mine on 21 December.

The two plates, valued at $85 each have been replaced by Xstrata, with an offer to also repair her clock.

 ‘‘It’s really an act of good will,’’ Xstrata spokesman James Rickards said. ‘‘We take all complaints seriously.

‘‘Obviously we need to respond to the community in any instance but in this case, where the blast exceeded the limits, we need to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.’’

Olofsson told the Newcastle Herald she was pleased her plates had been replaced.

‘‘The blasts have been fairly mild since then,’’ she said.

No action has been taken against the mine, following an investigation by the Department of Planning into the incident.

The investigation showed the blast exceeded the ground vibration by 1.53 millimetres a second.

The limit is 5 millimetres a second, but Glendall’s licence allows it to exceed the limit several times a year.

According to a Department of Planning investigating officer, Glendall had no previous breaches in the reporting period.

Image: The Newcastle Herald

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