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Acid spill on vehicles near Glencore mine kills 18 people

The incident took place in the DRC, when a truck transporting sulphuric acid crashed and spilled its contents.

At least 18 people died when a truck transporting sulphuric acid to a mine owned by Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo crashed and spilled its contents onto two vehicles, a provincial health minister said.

The tanker was heading to the Mutanda Mine, a copper and cobalt operation near Kolwezi in the southeast of the country, Lualaba province Health Minister Samy Kayombo Mukanza said. Nine people are also injured, he said.

“The acid was sprayed over people and vehicles,” Jean-Marie Tshizainga, mines minister for the province, said.

The accident occurred on Feb. 20 about 50 kilometers (35 miles) from the mine, whose officials assisted in the rescue operation, Glencore said in an emailed statement. The truck belonged to a logistics company contracted by the mine, it said.

 
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Why blacken the name of an international mining company 50 km away, and not rather identify the owner of the truck, or the company that filled it up with H2SO4 ?

No doubt the “authorities” are trying to shift the blame to some foreigner with deep pockets, but why should MoneyWeb allow itself to be used to propagate the blame game?

See, this is why it is so comforting investing in environmentally responsible, good global citizen companies free of US prosecution and to boot they are still only half of their sucker (oops mean public founder) shareholder IPO price.

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