Mining giant Rio Tinto is expected to face court in the Northern Territory over a petrol spill at its alumina refinery on the Gove Peninsula, about 1,000 kilometres east of Darwin.
In June last year, Rio Tinto revealed that about 70,000 litres of unleaded petrol had leaked from an old tank at its Alcan plant and into the soil below.
The Territory Department of Resources this week decided to prosecute the mining giant over the environmental spill, lodging papers with Darwin’s Magistrates Court.