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International (other, non-fatal)
Engineers & Geoscientists British Colombia
Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, the regulatory and licensing body for the professions of engineering and geoscience in BC, has concluded its disciplinary proceedings against three individuals in relation to their work at the Mount Polley Mine. The multi-year investigations were initiated following the breach of the mine's tailings storage facility on August 4, 2014. Three current and former engineers involved at the Mount Polley Mine Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) face a range of penalties arising from the disciplinary proceedings.
In the course of these disciplinary proceedings, Engineers and Geoscientists BC did not make allegations or findings as to the cause of the embankment failure. That matter was separately addressed in reports of the Mount Polley Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel and the Chief Inspector of Mines.
National (other, non-fatal)
Resources Safety & Health Queensland
On 10 March 2022, a severe weather event occurred in the regional areas of Moranbah. Records have identified that between 4pm and 8pm, 852 cloud to ground lightning strikes occurred in the region. Lightning is believed to have struck one or more of three goaf gas blower skids, igniting the gas on one of them.
The gas burned at the top of the evasee for an unknown period of time before being discovered by a seam gas operator who applied an emergency shutdown of the plant. The three goaf gas blower skids were in close proximity to each other and were operating on a sealed goaf at the time of the incident. The plant was running high purity of 100% methane and nil oxygen.
A mine evacuation was ordered, and the plant scene was secured.