Collinsville coal mine fumes not harmful for locals, GlencoreXStrata says

5 May 2014 (Last Updated May 5th, 2014 18:30)

Coal mine fumes from burning fires at the Collinsville Coal Mine in north Queensland will not pose any threat to local residents' health, the mine operator GlencoreXStrata said.

Coal mine fumes from the Collinsville Coal Mine in north Queensland will not pose any threat to local residents' health, the mine operator GlencoreXStrata said.

Local residents raised a complaint against the coal mine with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) regarding the fumes, which were causing an unpleasant smell.

According to the complaint, the fumes from the mine spread across the town causing inconvenience to locals due to the bad odour.

Following the complaint, GlencoreXStrata confirmed that the fumes that started emanating last week were coming from its Collinsville mine.

"The EHP has requested GlencoreXStrata to provide a report of the appropriate action being taken to tackle with the issue."

However, a GlencoreXStrata spokesman said it has not been caused by fires but by heatings, and that there are no visible flames.

"Our gas monitoring network shows that the resulting emissions have very low gas concentration levels and pose no threat to human health," a spokesman said.

"However, we acknowledge the inconvenience the odour has caused some of our close neighbours."

The company, which could not provide answers for the cause of heatings, stated that they are working with surrounding neighbours to manage the fumes and are monitoring the odour coming from the mine.

An EHP spokeswoman said the mine is prone to spontaneous combustion due to the nature of the site's geology and the mine is well-prepared to deal with it.

To ensure that the mining firm is not violating environmental laws, the EHP has requested GlencoreXStrata to provide a report of the appropriate action being taken to tackle with the issue.

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