Lead to go out through Fremantle again

Lead to go out through Fremantle again

Fri July 27, 2012 5:09pm

MAGELLAN Metals can once again transport lead carbonate through Fremantle Port - but under new "rigorous" conditions.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion has been contemplating the conditions of the lead miner’s licence for the last 18 months.

Magellan put its Wiluna mine into care and maintenance last April after a spate of dramas led the Minister to review the company’s operating conditions.

The company, which first got public attention after the Esperance lead scare in 2006 and 2007, laid off more than 200 mine workers.

Mr Marmion announced today the controversial miner could start shipping its lead carbonate through the metro port if it could comply with strict conditions.

Magellan would now make a “full assessment” of the conditions and decide whether or not to restart mining and transport operations, a spokesman for the company said.

“We will review the conditions and a number of other factors before making a decision to restart, we do not anticipate re-commencing any shipments prior to the second quarter of 2013,” he said.

Though the news has been welcomed by the miner - which has been waiting for a decision so it could decide if it was viable to recommence mining - it will be met with opposition from various opponents, including local political leaders.

The company, which has been financially supported by its Australian-based major shareholder Energi Resources, had spent much time with the government trying to get a decision made.

During the dramas in early 2011 it was revealed Magellan had not been properly auditing or reporting some aspects of its transportation.

Mr Marmion said today the new conditions strengthened the auditing, monitoring and reporting requirements of the company.

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