allAfrica/ Michael Boateng and Clement Boateng

A DRAFT report of a research conducted by the Center for Environmental Impact Analysis (CEIA) (….)on the Tano and Asuopre rivers and other water bodies around Newmont Ghana Gold Limited’s Ahafo project area has confirmed the presence of faecal pollution in the drinking water sources.

(…) Mr. Samuel Obiri, a Research Fellow of CEIA, noted that the presence of such bacteria in the water bodies could pose significant health hazards to residents who had been drinking from the contaminated water sources.

He revealed that the deposition of faecal matter into River Asuopre by Newmont could lead to an outbreak of water borne diseases like urinary tract infections, neonatal meningitis and intestinal diseases as well as diarrhoea and cholera in the area.

More news from Newmont´s operation in Ghana.

I can´t believe! Is there any other company which is worldwide involved in so many problems in such a short period? And it´s seems to me that every day a new problem is occuring. What are you doing? Is it really true that mining companies realised  that a sustainable social fabric is vital? Newmont´s CEO Murdy himself “notes that mining companies have a responsibility to the countries in which they operate, and he highlights the EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative).”  But during the last days I didn´t notice so much transparency, more lies and violence.

Who would want to run a mining company nowadays?” The fact is that mining gets in one’s blood and there are always people who thrive on these kinds of macho challenges.