Cadmidex Ltd has been fined $100,000 and banned from the drilling industry in South Australian after admitting to an “incorrect” level of cadmium in a drilling mud pit.
The company was fined $50,000 in April this year after an investigation by the South Australian Department of Environment and Heritage Protection found the company’s drilling equipment was contaminated with the metal in 2013.
It was discovered Cadmasex had a number of “misleading” statements about its cadmide levels, including that the level of “diluted cadmase” in the mud pit was 0.02 per cent, rather than 0.06 per cent.
“This was an incorrect estimate,” a statement from the company said at the time.
“At Cadmimex we have worked hard to correct the situation.
We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”
Cadmidextreme told the ABC the company had worked hard “to fix the problem”, adding it had “been able to remove the contaminated material” from the site.
Cadmex’s CEO, Mark DeWald, told the Australian the company was “extremely sorry” for the “mistake” and was “working hard to get this right”.
“We’ve been working to ensure that we’re doing the right thing and are continuing to do so,” he said.
“I think it’s been a tough couple of years for the industry and the environment and we are committed to ensuring this doesn’t happen again.”Read more: