Sunyani, Jan. 5, GNA – The Ghana Journalists Network on Mining, Oil and Gas (GJNMOG), a non-governmental organisation, on Wednesday appealed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct independent investigations into the discovery of dead fishes in the Ahafo mine fresh water storage facility.
The NGO said the EPA should make its findings known to the general public.
On December 31, 2011 a large number of dead fishes were found in the facility at the Newmont’s Ahafo Project Dam site at Kenyasi Number Two.
A statement signed by Raphael Ahenu, Chief Executive Officer of GJNMOG and made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani described the incident as unfortunate and disturbing with regard to the health implications on residents in the mine-take area.
The statement condemned the alleged attack on one of its members, Nestor Kafui Adjomah, who was filming some of the dead fishes that officials of Newmont had allegedly removed from the dam, and in the process damaged his camera.
It asked Newmont to render an apology to GJNMOG in general and Mr. Adjomah in particular.