Tailings dam at Solomon Islands' Gold Ridge mine near collapse | Pacific Beat

Tailings dam at Solomon Islands' Gold Ridge mine near collapse

Tailings dam at Solomon Islands' Gold Ridge mine near collapse

Updated 26 February 2015, 17:29 AEDT

The tailings dam at the Australian-owned Gold Ridge mine in the Solomon Islands is close to failing, according to a researcher who visited the site recently.

The mine's owner, company St Barbara, and the Solomon Islands government have been at loggerheads for several months over how to deal with the situation.

St Barbara wants to release untreated water from the tailings dam into a nearby river, but the government is insisting it must be treated first.

Matthew Allen visted the mine late last month, and says the water level in the tailings dam is rising fast.

Presenter: Liam Fox, Pacific affairs reporter

Speaker: Matthew Allen, research fellow at the Australian National University

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