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The flooding in the Fitzroy River system in January and February 2008 flooded the Ensham mine near Emerald. Mine-affected water was discharged from the Ensham mine pits into the Nogoa River at Riley’s Crossing from 3 February-9 September 2008 with a total of 138.3 gigalitres released over that time.

Concerns were initially raised on the health effects of this water in Middlemount, Blackwater and Bluff and a report was commissioned by the Qld government from Professor Barry Hart. This report briefly touched upon the effects of the water on fish.

Ensham Water and Fish Report 2008-09

Author : Bill Sawynok

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