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General News of Sunday, 4 November 2001

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"Our response was swift" – Goldfields Gh Ltd.

Mr Timothy Scott, Metallurgical Manager of Goldfields Ghana Limited, has said that the cyanide spillage that occurred at the mine was immediately contained and the residents warned against drinking the contaminated water.

Speaking in an interview with the Graphic at the mine site, Mr Scott denied that fish and other life forms in the water died as a result of the spillage, adding that at the time of the accident measures were taken to detoxicate the rivers that were affected even though the level of spillage posed no health hazard to either man or fish.

He indicated that extra-containment measures have been put in place to avoid future accidents and reduce risk to residents should any such accident occur.