Papua New Guinea

PNG makes BHP liable for environmental damage from mine

Date of Release: 
Sep 19 2013

Papua New Guinea's government wrested full control of the controversial Ok Tedi copper and gold mine and quashed former owner BHP Billiton's legal immunity for environmental damage, officials said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill moved late Wednesday to give the government 100 per cent ownership of Ok Tedi, which was involved in a major waterways pollution scandal in the 1990s.

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Papua New Guinea: Review claims 'poor science' in deep-sea mining report

Date of Release: 
Nov 9 2012

A debate has erupted over the scientific validity of the environmental impact statement (EIS) of the world's first deep-sea mine, located off the coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The furore may push the PNG government to convene a further roundtable meeting for experts, before the mine becomes operational next year.

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PNG tourism minister queries Nautilus seabed mining project

Date of Release: 
Oct 10 2012

Papua New Guinea’s Tourism Minister says he does not agree with seabed mining in the Bismarck Sea in the absence of an independent environment impact assessment.

The Canadian firm, Nautilus Minerals, is pioneering the technology to extract minerals from the ocean floor.

The minister, Boka Kondra, says the oil disaster and the environmental damage in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrated the inability of rich resources companies to prevent the destruction of marine and wild life.

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