Mr. George Paspalas reports
AURIZON REPORTS MINOR DISCHARGE AT TAILINGS FACILITY AT CASA BERARDI MINE
During a routine evening inspection of the tailing ponds on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Aurizon Mines Ltd.'s Casa Berardi mine, located approximately 95 kilometres north of the town of La Sarre, in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec, it was discovered that there was a breach of an internal tailings dike, which resulted in a surge of liquids and suspended solids over the external tailings dike. A majority of the material was contained inside the tailings pond containment area, and no further discharges into the environment have occurred. The Casa Berardi mine has four tailings containment ponds, and the material flowed from one tailings pond into another tailings pond, neither of which are in use for current operations.
On visual inspection by Aurizon personnel, a residual film of material has affected a limited surface area outside the external dike.
Environmental authorities were immediately notified and are presently on site. The company does not expect there will be any impact on operations.
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