Thursday, June 05, 2008

Marathon counter-sues former Chief Executive

Arkaroola Wildlife Sanctuary despoiler Marathon Resources is in close competition with the legendary “woman scorned” for the title of “most vindictive fury” inside or outside of Hell.

Utilising the old strategy of “attack is the best form of defense”, the embattled uranium explorer has launched a counter-suit against sacked former CEO Stuart Hall claiming he was “incompetent” and laying the blame for licence-violating dumping of drilling samples and other general garbage at Mt Gee and other sites squarely at his door.

Where the Sanctuary operators are at pains to eliminate feral goats, Marathon, it would seem, is frantically trying to create a scapegoat on which to lay the blame for their own feral behaviour.

There is certainly no love lost between Hall and his former Marathon colleagues.

He is suing them for wrongful dismissal and hoping for a large compensation payment. They are trying to deny him compensation and have gone one step further in seeking damages and the cost of remediation work that they are required by law to undertake in the areas they have despoiled. Those costs are as yet unknown, as are the details of the remediation plan Marathon was required to submit to SA’s Department of Primary Industries and Resources on Friday May 30.

Success with the Marathon counter-suit would certainly suit some people in the governing Labor Party and see a more active role for Marathon Director and former ALP national secretary Chris Schacht.

It would make it politically feasible for an absolved Marathon to be given the green light to proceed from exploration to mining and well-reward Schacht’s long policy with respect to his share portfolio.

But before we get to that point, some more of that dirt held in 22,800 illegally buried waste bags can be expected to be thrown around the courtrooms of Adelaide as Hall and Marathon pursue their respective agendas

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Who wrote the script to this tale of treachoury and when can we see the film?