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Potential Gold Ridge mine disaster raised in Solomon Islands ads

Potential Gold Ridge mine disaster raised in Solomon Islands ads

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:42 AEDT

Solomon Island locals living near the St Barbara Gold Ridge mine are being warned lives could be lost and they may possibly have to evacuate with fears the mine's tailings dam may overflow.

The company took out advertisements in local newspapers today warning communities of the potential danger.

St Barbara's CEO Bob Vassie says the water in the facility is already too high and is worried what further rain this wet season could lead to disaster.

We'll hear a reaction from the Ministry of Mines and Energy in a moment.

But first Bob Vassie says the warnings are the last resort, after the Solomon Islands government refused to allow his company to release the untreated water in a controlled fashion.

Presenter: Catherine Graue

Speaker: Bob Vassie, CEO of St Barbara, owner of Gold Ridge mine; Ednal Palmer, senior reporter at the Solomon Star newspaper

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