Sunday, June 28, 2009


CYANIDE for Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd is transported by tankers. According to Blogger Caffeinbar, it will travel through a 144km route, passing through dense Klang Valley populated area. The route from Port Klang, will have to pass through Klang, Petaling Jaya, Kepong, Selayang, Batu Caves and then along the Genting Highland highway stretch before reaching Raub.

Unlike inflammable material, a breach of cyanide salt during transportation is a potential disaster. Grain of cyanide salt can be borne by winds to long distances.

If Yen Yen and Muru still dismiss this as frivolous, there is little we can do, except urge them to continue reading and judge for themselves.


DECEMBER, 2006 Alaska: Cyanide was found seeping this winter from a hillside next to the dam that holds back waste from Alaska's largest gold mine, the Fort Knox Mine near Fairbanks. Read more.

JUNE 18 2006 Ghana: A cyanide spillage at Bogoso Gold Limited (BGL) tailings dam polluted Ajoo stream, killing fish and lobsters A joint on the main tailings returning pipe was disengaged and cyanide-laden tailings poured into the external environment. It has been reported that 30 community members who drank the water or ate the fish and lobsters suffered dizziness, headaches. stomach aches, loss of appetite, itching tongue and skin itches.

JANUARY 2006: Czech cyanide leak kills thousands of fish in Elbe

NOVEMBER 28, 2005, ROMANIA Cyanide Pollution from local mine risks reaching Hungary A cyanide spill from the Bursa mining exploitation was expected to contaminate the Hungarian section of Tisza River...

OCTOBER 11 and 31, 2005, PHILIPPINES: Lafayette Mining's Rapu Rapu polymetallic project in the Philippines had two spills of process treatment water allegedly causing cyanide contamination of nearby waters with the first causing a small fish kill.

JUNE 20, 2005, LAOS: A cyanide spill occurred at the Phu Bia gold mine in Laos, operated by Australian company Pan Australian Resources. The cyanide killed fish in the nearby rivers and poisoned villagers within at least 3km of the mine site. Numerous sources in Laos, including government officials have reported that at least 60-100s of villagers fell ill as a result of poisoning after eating contaminated fish and drinking contaminated water. Despite confirmation by the government owned media that hundreds of villagers were poisoned from the cyanide spill, the company has claimed that no one suffered illness as a result of the incident. Read Mineral Policy Institute's report at:

JANUARY 11, 2005, GHANA: Wexford Ghana Limited at Akyempim in the Western Region, a subsidiary of Bogoso Gold Limited and owned by Golden Star Resources spilled cyanide into River Kubekro

OCTOBER 23 2004, GHANA: A cyanide spill occurred from a new tailings dam of Canadian company Bogoso Gold Limited into the river Aprepre, which serves as drinking water for surrounding communities, as well as other rivers including Egya Nsiah, Benya and Manse. Villagers downstream found hundreds of dead fish, crabs, shrimps and other life forms floating on the river. Some members of the community harvested and ate the fish before they received information about the spillage. (Source:

OCTOBER 2004 WESTERN AUSTRALIA: A report commissioned by the WA Government into the tailings dams at the Kalgoorlie Gold mine confirmed that the mine has been leaking cyanide into the surrounding groundwater which was contaminated by cyanide and heavy metals. Surrounding community members have been complaining of impacts for over a decade but the company had previously denied the allegations.

JANUARY 30 2004, AUSTRALIA: A report commissioned by the Western Australia Government into the tailings dams at the Kalgoorlie Gold mine confirmed that the mine had been leaking cyanide into the surrounding groundwater. Surrounding community members had been complaining of impacts for over a decade but the company had previously denied the allegations. (Media Release by Robin Chapple, MLC, WA Legislative Council)

AUGUST 7 2004 PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Cyanide was discharged from the Misima mine, a subsidiary of Placer Dome, during decommissioning of the minesite, polluting oceans around the small island. The discharge resulted in poisoning of marine life, with reports of dead fish found floating in the oceans confirmed by the company as linked to the discharge. (The National, PNG, 11 of August)

JUNE 25 2004 CHINA: The State Council of China reported seven cases of leaks of lethal chemical products in the past week, which claimed a total of 21 lives across the country. The latest was a hydrogen cyanide gas leak from a gold mining plant in Beijing's suburban district of Huairou that killed three people and left another 15 hospitalized. (Source: People's Daily Online, 25th June 2004)

MARCH 21 2004, GHANA: Villagers near Prestea Sankofa Goldmine, a concession own by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) in the Western Region spotted a cyanide spillage in their river and reported the matter to the mine.

MARCH 24 2004, NEW ZEALAND: About thirty-five people were evacuated from a Lower Hutt transit depot as emergency services mopped up a toxic chemical spill. Two 180-litre drums of cyanide solution were damaged inside the Mainfreight depot, possibly by a forklift.

MARCH 18 2004, ROMANIA: Romania's Siret River, a tributary of the Danube, was reported to be contaminated by cyanide. The chemicals involved in the spill leaked from a deactivated chemical processing plant, where storage conditions may not have been up to international standards. Estimates are that "10 tons of toxic substances leaked into the river", according to Ioan Jelev, of Romania's Environment Ministry. A similar incident occured in 2001 in the same place, poisoning fish. (Source: Reuters).

MAY 29 2003, GHANA: A cyanide spillage occurred at Tarkwa gold mine in the Wassa West District, when the dangerous chemical spilled from one of three newly constructed pipelines.

JANUARY 14 2003, NICARAGUA: A cyanide solution spill took place at the Canadian gold-mining company HEMCONIC and/or Greenstone in Bonanza, in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region, dumping cyanide into the Bambana river. Health workers from local Indigenous communities reported the deaths of twelve children who are suspected of having been poisoned by drinking water from the Bambana River.
(Source: WRM's bulletin Nº 74, September 2003).

JANUARY 2003, WESTERN HONDURAS: A massive cyanide spill at the San Andrés mine, department of Copán, Western Honduras, contaminated the Lara River, which feeds into the river providing drinking water for the town of Santa Rosa de Copán. Even though local inhabitants reported witnessing company employees hauling away evidence, they managed to amass some 18,000 dead fish, a testament to the environmental destruction caused to the now lifeless river and to the ecosystems it nourishes. The chemicals killed off fish in the Lara River, which flows into the Higuito, the main supply of potable water for the Santa Rosa de Copan region, one of the cradles of the ancient Maya civilisation. Minosa was slapped with a 54,000-dollar fine for contaminating the environment after a cyanide spill was discovered.

DECEMBER 2nd, 2003 USA: A cyanide spill was reported near the Briggs Mine in Balleratt.

JUNE 18th 2002, GHANA: The residents of Togbekrom, a farming community near Akyempim in the Wassa Mpohor East district of the Western Region, appealed to the Minister of Environment and Science to come to their aid immediately. Due to the closeness of the mine to the village, the cyanide being used by the company in its operations is giving them a lot of health problems.
(Source: Emmanuel Akli, Akyempim Ghanaian Chronicle Accra, June 18th, 2002)

JUNE 9 2002, NEVADA, USA: Leaching process solution used at the Denton-Rawhide Mine, located in Mineral County, Nevada, overflowed containment structures from a ruptured pipe triggering the mine’s Emergency Response Plan. Approximately 40,000 gallons of dilute cyanide process solution spilled into the environment. The spill was caused by a failure of a weld on a 16-inch diameter pipeline that was carrying process solution from a lined storage pond to a lined heap leach pad. The process solution is at a concentration of about 140 parts of cyanide per million parts of solution, resulting in a spill of approximately 47 pounds of cyanide.

MAY 16 2002, NEVADA, USA: Twenty-four thousand gallons of cyanide solution were spilled at a mining facility, Twin Creeks Mine, owned by Newmont Mining Company. A Nevada official said 10,000 gallons entered a creek. In recent years, the owner of the proposed Crandon mine spilled cyanide twice, including a 13,000 pound spill of cyanide in Arizona. In another accident, 300,000 cubic yards of mine wastes were spilled into an Arizona creek.
(Source: Humboldt County News - 16 May 2002)

NOVEMBER 2001, CHINA - Eleven tonnes of liquid sodium cyanide leaked into a tributary of the Luohe river in Henan province, China over the weekend after a traffic accident. The Luohe river is a shallow tributary of the Yellow River, the cradle of Chinese civilisation and a major waterway in northern China. Livestock Animals were poisoned and at least one person sickened by contamination.

OCTOBER, 2001, GHANA - Villages in the Wassa West District of Ghana's western region were hit by the spillage of thousands of cubic metres of mine wastewater contaminated with cyanide and heavy metals when a tailings dam ruptured at a mine operation owned by the South African company, Goldfields.. Virtually all life forms in the River Asuman and its tributaries were decimated, and people's livelihoods are endangered. Scientists fear the cyanide and heavy metal residue from the spill could remain for decades posing a health and environmental threat to the people and wildlife in the area.

- Two weeks after the previous cyanide spill in Ghana, a second cyanide spillage occured in Ghana again, this time in a swamp area that provides the local people with mud fish, local medicines and bamboo for a wide range of uses.

JUNE 30 2000, PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Rio Tinto's Lihir mine spilt cyanide into the ocean. The Australian Government's Export Finance and Insurance Company (EFIC) provided $US250 million in finance guarantees to this mine. (The guarantees were provided after the United States Export Credit and Investment Insurance Agency OPIC rejected the Lihir project on environmental grounds.) The Lihir proposal approved by EFIC used 1800 tonnes of highly toxic sodium cyanide annually to extract gold at the mine site. The process leaves considerable cyanide concentrations in the tailings.

JANUARY, 2000, ROMANIA/HUNGARY - Thousands of tons of fish died in the Tisza and Danube rivers from a cyanide spill last year near Baia Mare in northwestern Romania. 130,000 cubic yards of cyanide-tainted water was discharged from a gold mine reservoir into river systems in Romania, Hungary and Yugoslavia. The incident is described as Europe's worst river pollution disaster in a decade. Biologists estimate that at least 5 years is needed to restock fish there, and 10-20 years for most river life to return. The upper Tisza was one of Europe's cleanest rivers and was home to at least 20 species of protected fish. Rare Osprey, river otters, fox, many other birds, mammals and wildlife are known to have died from ingesting poisoned fish.

DECEMBER, 2000, GUYANA: The Essequibo region of Guyana is again the victim of mine pollution that has caused widespread harm including rashes, diarrhoea, and vomiting among the residents after using the river water. This latest incident comes five years after the August 1995 gold mine disaster at Omai, where 3.2 billion liters of cyanide tainted waste contaminated the Essequibo river which also lead to discoloration and health problems. Communities downstream from the Omai gold mine have reported a "reddish, silty" discharge in the Essequibo making the river, which is the main or only source of water for many villages, unfit for use.

AUGUST 1995, GUYANA - More than 3.2 billion litres of cyanide-laden tailings were released into Essequibo river in Guyana when a dam collapsed at the Omai gold mine. Studies by the Pan American Health Organization have shown that all aquatic life in the 4 kilometer long creek that runs from the mine to the Essequibo was killed


FEBRUARY 7 2007 NT AUSTRALIA Spill of Solid Cyanide from a Road Train See also, and

APRIL 5 2003, TAIWAN: More than 100 people in Taichung County were hospitalised after being poisoned by liquefied cyanide from an overturned truck. Environmental officials feared the cyanide, which flowed into a nearby sewer, could create an ecological disaster when it streamed into the sea through Taichung Harbour.

Transportation concerns pre-May 2002:

FEBRUARY 2002, AUSTRALIA – 400 litres of liquid cyanide was spilled in the Northern Territory , Australia and killed over 500 birds, a dingo and some kangaroos.

MARCH, 2000, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - The Australian mining company Dome Resources contaminated an important water system in the Papua New Guinea rainforest. While flying from the capital Port Moresby to the Tolukuma mine, a Dome helicopter dropped a crate containing one tonne of sodium cyanide pellets the most concentrated form of cyanide into the rainforest.

MAY 20, 1998, KYRGYZSTAN - A truck transporting cyanide to the Kumtor mine in Kyrgyzstan plunged off a bridge spilling almost two tons of sodium cyanide (1,762 kilograms) into local surface waters. Local people have reported at least 4 deaths that may have resulted from the spill. Hundreds of people also checked into local hospitals complaining of health problems following the spill.


Probably these two will dismiss the above because it will never happen in Malaysia.

We too never expected to be affected by the tsunami, remember?


Malaysian Mirror has THIS story.





Anonymous said...

We got thousands of road accident which killed thousand of victims, why don't we ban car and everyone take bus. Airplane crash though uncommon also killed hundreds in each accident. We should ban airplane as well.

zorro said...

Anon6:33pm....if you have nothing resembling intelligence to contribute here I suggest you look somewhere to deposit your imbecility, like in a cave where you rightly belong.

Anonymous said...

anon 6.33pm,

you cybertrooper, you deserve the tongue lashing.

zorro, keep cool. you probably need a few pints of lager and a bottle of singles to go with it. Cheers, its a weekend.

Anonymous said...

Despite such track record, these people still want to go ahead with the project.
The blood of the people will be on their hands.

zorro said...

Anon6:51...thanks and I am cool. You will get riled if after you put in some effort to research and in comes a caveman, nakedly disgorging his pathetic waste. However, he seems to have seen cars and aeroplanes. The wonder is that he can distinguish between these.

Yep, its weekend but quickly drawing to a got to rush to the wharf to meet the Hawk. You take care.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:33
Go to shoool again and study science.Accident happens due to human negligence.Like the word says"Accidents happen at any time and place".Its unpredictable. Ur comment above shows that u are from a group of dump or maybe a school drop out. Road accident happen due to humans attitude , poor mantainance of vicheles , condition and landscape of the road and as for the plane it may be due to engine problem or weather.
But as for synide its relate to pollution where the blowing wind can direct it to any place.And all smart human who knows the deadly cause of this liquid will have to take safety precaution for we know its dangerous.School drop out like wont know all this. Bro.Zorro is right. The best place for u is the cave.
As for Ng Jin Jin ,she will fly of to Australia if our whole country polluted as she already has the PR.
What say Bro Zorro?

zorro said...

People, lets call a ceasefire. Poor Anon6:33 evidently is not aware of the potency of cyanide. We don't want him in frustration due to the attacks on him to pop a cyanide "salt" thinking that it is Fisherman's Friend. That could send Yen2 hightailing to Aussieland.

Jefus said...


there should be a HAZMAT accidental spillage procedure made known to the proper depts involved throughout the route.

a stringent monitoring of the poison used and preventive measures compliant to DoE ( will that be enough? ) or some other standards from bodies more conversant to its use / abuse.

there should also be backup / recovery procedures put in practice should spillage ever happen. the statement that there were no cyanide found in the river ( i read elsewhere ) is unacceptable. NO cyanide MUST be present. if it is not native to that environment it should NOT be present, not even in trace amounts.

i posted elsewhere this { gold cyanidation ). google it in the wikipedia. note its environmental damage potential. environmental recovery is in the terms of many decades.

this is bad stuff dude.

Anonymous said...

if there is to be a cyanide leak en route, i hope this woman be the 1st victim.

this also, from that woman who said that 'one million dont get you much these days...'.

but nothing wrong with this woman having australian pr. ok, some of us might do a spin to the effect that we have a cabinet minister who has australian pr because she is not patriotic; or that she has not much faith in her own country's future prospects; or whatever. i am sure someone's gonna spin this.

so pls some yb bring this issue up in parliament and clear the air once and for all.

and, while we're at it, where do she and the other cabinet ministers, including pink lips, send their kids to school in? i'm talking about primary and secondary levels; not tertiary levels.

ask pink lips.
ask kerismudin.


w said...

These two, Yen Yen and Muru should make a trip to PNG to really see what sort of damages the Australian owned mine has done not only to the enviroment but, the livelyhood of the residents staying around the area. Until now, they have still not completely solved the problem with the nearby river and these two want to see similiar disasters happening here?
It is not the fat cows that will suffer always...the poor residents
staying in that area!

Anonymous said...

I spent a few years growing up in a gold mining area. One of the most memorable time I had was swimming in a crystal clear abandoned mining pool with my buddies daily. We had a shock of our life one day when we discovered upon reaching the place to find thousands of fish floating on the surface. Apparently, cyanide at the nearby mining factory has seeped into our favorite playground and killed everything in it. We never went back to the place after that.


Anonymous said...

No need to even go to PNG to do survey.
Yen Yen & Muru have been "barking" for 3 years oredy..!

I am sure they know about these incidents...
After 3 bloody long years......!!!

Either they are blind or brainless infected with cyanide...!!

This is the way of the goverment.
"Wait till the shit hits the fan....!!!"

People friendly......?????

Anonymous said...

well if Yen2 and Muru say it is safe,ask them to stay at that area for until the mining cease.Hope they dare take up this challenge

Anonymous said...


Check article in Malaysian Mirror on cyanide use. The second part (article) will be posted in a couple of days on the Kg Koman case: The MCA Connection (Gold Mine).

Bukit Koman |武吉公满 said...

hi uncle zorro,

may i copy your article for our against cyanide's blog?

zorro said...

Bukit Koman, you can use anything that appears in this blog....anytime. Good luck. We fight on, ok?

thepplway求真 said...

thanks uncle,we are same aim to fight for New Malaysia。

Anonymous said...

My late uncle used to tell us that accidents cant be programme and also you cant smell it. For our two Ministers you have been given to take note what zorro had pointed that should it happens then it is the act of God or human error. By that time it may be too late why not take the good side of it and close the gold mine . With all the gold in hand is no better when and accident sits in. Both of you have been warned .

doinkers said...

Why should the govt care about such things???

Yen Yen & Muru are just maintaining the status quo. Touch wood; even if such a thing does happen and it affects both their families, they're rich enough to afford the send the sick ones to gleneagles or even abroad.

Despite the numerous road fatalities & NS deaths, life still goes on.

Start praying for karma to bite them back in the behind for all their deeds.