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Koolan Island Iron Ore Mine Floods As Sea Wall Collapses

A section of the Koolan Island iron ore mine off the Kimberley coast of WA is now flooded to sea level after it’s sea wall collapsed on Tuesday.

No one was injured by the breach and all non-essential operations were immediately suspended.

It’s the third time in a month that the wall has been compromised with the latest slump bringing the wall down to below the tide mark, allowing seawater to completely flood the 2km long pit.

Owner of the mine Mount Gibson Iron told The West Australian yesterday that specialists had been brought in to assess the impact of the disaster.

The accident throws doubt over the immediate future of the mine and its 350 workers with Mount Gibson requested a trading halt yesterday.

News Source: The West Australian

 

 

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