Xstrata fined for disturbing Aboriginal artefacts

Xstrata has been fined for the second time in as many months for causing disturbances to surrounding communities.

The ABC reports the mining giant is facing a $3 000 fine for disturbing Aboriginal artefacts with the grading of an existing track.

The track was known to contain Aboriginal artefacts.

The incident at the new Mangoola open cut mine near Muswellbrook occurred in January, but the Department of Planning was not made aware of it until March.

An subsequent investigation concluded that the contractor who performed the work was not informed about the location of the stone artefacts and tools.

The area is now fenced so the items can be recovered.

The mining giant has been in a bit of trouble with it’s Hunter Valley operations this year, including an incident in late March when a blast that exceeded limits caused valuable plates to fall off a wall and break in a home a kilometre away.

The company did not face disciplinary action for the incident, and as a gesture of goodwill, replaced Camberwell resident Deidre Olofsoon’s Franklin Ming plates.

Xstrata was slapped with another $3 000 fine for a similar incident in the region in the same month, when a blast at the Mount Owen mine exceeded guidelines.

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