Residents of Queenstown have reported excessive pollution, which has caused a local river to turn a deep shade of orange, as reported by abc.net.au.
Locals in the area have expressed their concern, after the river, Queen river, recently took on a deeper than usual shade of orange. Locals believe this is due to an extraordinary pollution event which occurred in the area.
It is not known the cause of the problem, though locals believe it is due to pollution from the mines. This was the case back in the last 1880’s, as the river was being used by a local mining company as a drain. This resulted in an estimated 100m tonnes of sulfidic tailings being dumped into the river.
The river is usually clear if not slightly rusted in colour, though locals have reported the colour taking on a much darker shade in the past few months. Locals think the pollution is down to an acid drainage event from the nearby Mt Lyell copper mine.
Three miners were killed at the mine back in 2014, leading to it been put in care and maintenance mode since the same year. The owners of the mine, Copper Mines of Tasmania, are hoping to recommence operations and rehire some employees who were let go.
"I can't remember ever seeing it this bad, and I've been living in Queenstown on and off for 12 years," said one
"This is the worst I've seen it in 13 years," said another resident.
"We locals are beginning to call it 'Pumpkin Soup Creek'.", one laughed.
Recently captured footage of the river was taken by ABC and sent to the Tasmanian Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA have subsequently launched an investigation into the matter and will collect water samples for testing and discussions with Copper Mines of Tasmania.
"Further information will be available next week, once the laboratory analysis of water samples has been done," the EPA said.