Protesting Farmer Warns of Asbestos Danger: “Hold your breath for the next two kilometers”

David Mansfield has taken the government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) to court, after the state approved a basalt quarry near property he owns.

He has launched an appeal in the Land and Environment Court against the Minister for Planning and the Hanson Construction Materials, the company that looks to mine basalt. He says the approval for the quarry was rushed and that an investigation into the presence of asbestos was not done before approval of the development.

The basalt mine sits on top of a former asbestos mine site and Mansfield believes that new mining operation will release asbestos fibers into the air. This will put his family, livestock and passing motorists at risk of asbestos exposure.

“His children Liam, 10, and twins Charlotte and Jessica, 8, ride horses and motorcycles around the farm and prevailing westerlies could carry dust from the quarry to his property,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

”There’s a big sign out the front of our place: ‘Welcome to the food bowl of NSW’.

”Cabonne Council will have to change the sign to say: ‘Hold your breath for the next two kilometres’,” Mansfield said.

Governments around the world are aware of the dangers of asbestos and asbestos exposure. Science established the links between inhaling asbestos fibers and asbestos-related diseases. It is surprising that the NSW government would approve mining on a site that is certain to release asbestos fibers into the air, threatening the health of those nearby.

Asbestos has affected the health and lives of thousands of people across the United States, few regions have experienced the devastation felt by one small American town. In Libby, Montana, asbestos is blamed for a staggering number of mesothelioma- and asbestosis-related deaths that has left the area with a toxic legacy that still plagues its residents today.

The sad situation that has unfolded in Libby, Montana is one of the clearest examples of the connection between long term asbestos exposure and an increased risk of developing malignant mesothelioma later in life. If you or a loved one are receiving mesothelioma treatment and would like to learn more about asbestos law, contact a mesothelioma attorney to see if there is a possibility of receiving a asbestos settlement from company or former employer.