Divers find more than 1,000 tonnes of gold and silver in Queensland’s Mitchell aquifer

Updated April 08, 2018 09:56:50 More than 1.4 million tonnes of precious metals and gold were found buried deep in the Mitchell aquifers system, according to the Queensland Government.

Key points:Key pointsGold is found in the water treatment plant in Mitchell, which is about 200 kilometres south of BrisbaneKey points Gold was found in a storage tank at the siteGold is stored in a separate facilityThe gold and other materials are being treated for corrosion and the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Services said it was not the first time the gold and minerals had been found in water treatment plantsSource: Queensland GovernmentA water treatment facility is set up in the area, which includes the Mitchell and the Goldfields areas.

In a statement, Environment Minister Stephen Jones said the Department of Water and Environment (DEPW) was working with the owners of the Goldfield and Mitchell areas to identify the locations of the gold.”DEPW has a number of measures in place to minimise any risk to the environment and public health,” Mr Jones said.

“We will not be able to locate all the gold or the minerals without additional help.”

The Department of Energy and Water (DEPEW) said the Goldwater mine, which contains about 1.3 million tonnes, had been tested and it was safe to return to the area.

“The Goldwater Mine site was tested by the Department for the past two weeks and the gold is within acceptable levels,” DEW Environment and Energy spokeswoman Michelle Beddoe said.

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