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Wednesday, 23 August


Bougainville group adamantly against renewed mining Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Radio New Zealand |  23 August 2017

A group calling itself Bougainvilleans United Against Mining has re-stated its opposition to a resumption of mining at Panguna.

The government in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province wants the huge copper and gold mine re-opened to give the economy a lift ahead of the independence referendum to be held in 2019.

Bougainvilles Mining Minister Raymond Masono this week applauded a joint resolution by ex-combatants to back the re-opening, but one of those praised by the minister, a former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander, James Onartoo, said he and his group do not support it.

Mr Onartoo said their group, which includes many women, landowners and ex-combatants, will not support Panguna being re-opened, or mining anywhere on Bougainville.

Members of the group joined a blockade that stopped the Autonomous Bouginaville Government (ABG) from signing a memorandum of agreement with landowners at Panguna two months ago.

Mr Onartoo says the ABG is weak and lacks the l...


Rabaul leaders voice opposition to experimental seabed mining Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Seabed mining plans spark environmental concerns in Rabaul

The National aka The Loggers Times | August 23, 2017

LEADERS of Rabaul district in East New Britain want the Nautilus Minerals Explorations Limited to provide evidence that the proposed Solwara One seabed mining operation will not destroy environment and marine resources.

They are concerned about a potential impact on the coastal areas of New Ireland and East New Britain.

A committee which met at the office of Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat on  Thursday raised the concern in response to the intention by the company to carry out community projects on Watom Island and on the north coast of the Gazelle Peninsula.

Rabaul district administrator Marakan Uvano said Nautilus planned to build health facilities on the island and on the north coast of Rabaul as part of its services to the people who would be affected by the deep-sea mining operations.

Uvano said the...


K92 Mine Responds To Landowner Claims Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Post Courier | August 22, 2017

K92 Mining Limited says claims about it not honouring commitments engaging landowners in its operations were unfounded.
Chief operating officer John Lewins said since recommencing operations K92 had built up a formidable workforce of 500 with contractors on site including 300 employees alone from Bilamoia and associated landowners.
Mr Lewins revealed this when responding to threats by Bilamoia landowners to shut down the mine claiming K92 had not honoured commitments on the engagement of their people under a memorandum of agreement.
Mr Lewins said K92 Mining understands that the first meeting of a group of landowners occurred on Sunday August 13, but K92 was not represented at this meeting as it was understood this would deal with internal issues for BILA and its stakeholders.
He said K92 Mining understands that the BILA is still to determine whether they will use the existing Bilamoia Development Corporation (Bildevco) or a new business entity to participate in business opportunities created by the company and its suppliers. He reiterated this is a matter for BILA and not K92 Mining.
There are however many business ventures which Bildevco and Bilamoian landowners are participating in, including the mine catering contract, provision of security services and refus...


Bougainville Copper: will it get to play again? Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Rivers and streams in the mines vicinity remain polluted and unusable as sources of freshwater or fish. Photo by Catherine Wilson.

MAC [Mines and Communities] | Nostromo Research 18 July 2017 

Odds seem loaded against recent moves

When the great no doubt sometimes also good, but frequently woefully ignorant among mining outfits (and their desk-bound investment advisors) look at a risk-laden, problematic, prospect like Bougainville Copper Ltds Panguna mine, any upturn in commodity markets are apt to be heralded as a golden opportunity....


Young voices to oppose seabed mining off Patea coast Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

School groups hope for better weather than these protesters encountered at Mana Beach in Patea last Sunday. Photo/Lewis Gardner

Liz Wylie | Wanganui Chronicle | 22 August, 2017

Pupils from schools in the region will gather on Mana Beach at Patea to let the world know their feelings about how the decision will affect them. South Taranaki youth will be voicing their opposition to ironsand mining off the Patea coast on Wednesday.

Organiser Bianca Mitchell will be filming the protest for distribution on social media and says young people in the region want to add their opposing voices.

They have very strong feelings about the kai moana and coastline which are central to their lives.

Patea Area School students reacted strongly on August 10 when the Environmental Protection Agency announced that...


Global mining major needed to re-open Bougainvilles Panguna copper mine? Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Kevin McQuillan | Business Advantage PNG | 18 July 2017

Moves to re-open the Panguna copper mine on Bougainville are gathering momentum. Funding the re-opening is a key concern, however, says Bougainville President, John Momis. Could one of the global mining majors get involved?

Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) is currently advertising for a local Bougainville-based manager, and are looking at the payment of K14 million in rent and compensation that was owed to the 812 customary clan groups who own the blocks of land within the mining lease areas.

Autonomous Bougainville Government President John Momis tells Business Advantage PNG, that over the next year, he expects BCL to open an office and start dealing with some of the legacy issues, demonstrating BCLs commitment, in a just and fair way, to some of the real issues that have been bothering the land owners.

That includes, he says, the ecological, environmental, and health d...

Tuesday, 22 August


Fukushima Decomm Plans Solidified

NDF (Nuclear Decommissioning Fukushima) has published a draft report that outlines the plan for decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi. The plan solidifies



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Sovereign Wealth Fund Is Our Security Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Barney Orere | Post Courier | August 22, 2017

Concepts such as Dutch Disease are risks that threaten macroeconomic stability and consequently the long term development of the economy. This requires a forceful and comprehensive response from Government at all levels.

Given the fact that there is heavy dependence on the non-renewable sector; that is, petroleum and minerals, the current generation arguably has clear obligations to ensure that the benefits from their exploitation is available to generations that will come later.

Of importance will be the manner in which the State manages the increase in economic activity and resulting fiscal flows. The implementation of large scale projects such as the PNG LNG in a small economy such as PNG poses considerable challenge in terms of macroeconomic management also.

To minimize the potential negative impact of the considerable increase in financial flows and economic activity on the national economy, the Government policy was to ensure that a Sovereign Wealth Fund structure was implemented in the lead-up to increase in fiscal flows.

A Government submission says that whilst PNG LNG Project forms the backdrop of...


Identifying the worlds top biodiversity investment returns "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Weve all been there: youre driving along a road lined with trees, when all of a sudden a squirrel or some such animal runs out in front of your vehicle. If its a happy day, you steer clear of the forest dweller. Whatever the outcome of that particular encounter, it was a first-hand lesson on the dilemma species face when their habitat is lost because it was divided up. For the familiar tree squirrel, of which there are several species they are accustomed to a home range of trees between 0.5-10 acres in natural forests. Those that live in parks have a range of 0.5 acres. Birds and other animals can have a much larger need for range. When the natural habitat is cut up, that squirrel and countless other creatures of the forest have to figure out if they can cross expanses like roads and other development or habitat-bare areas. For a team of international scientists, there is a simple answer: reconnect fragmented forest habitat and see species thrive. The international team of researchers notes that it can be done in two of the worlds most important biodiversity hotspots in just a few years. The cost, they say, would be less than $70 million total. Buffalo live in the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. The team studied two biodiversity hotpsots, one in South America and one in Africa, and determined that regenerating forests in those locales is highly feasible. Estimated conservation costs would be less

Doubts cloud Kenyas renewed palm oil ambitions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ISIMICHINI, Kenya In the 10 years Arthur Inzofu has been growing oil palm trees at his farm in Isimichini village in western Kenya, he has seen few benefits. But he is not about to give up on the plant quite yet. The 70-year-old farmer is among the few who have held onto the plant, despite what he says is years of government neglect when it comes to ensuring a ready market for the palm oil produced by oil palm growers. However, renewed interest by the government in domestic palm oil production is giving Inzofu hope that his fortunes may turn. Kenya is looking to increase its own production to reduce its reliance on imports. According to Kenyas Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Willie Bett, the country spends over Ksh 16 billion (about $1.6 million) annually on imported palm oil. Growing the plant domestically would reduce this cost while opening new income streams for farmers, officials said. Inzofu agrees: It can be a very lucrative crop for farmers if only we are supported with a ready market by the government, he said, adding that a single tree gives him at least 20 clusters of fruit in a year. Arthur Inzofu takes a look at growing cluster of oil palm fruit at his farm in Isimichini village, western Kenya. Photo by David Njagi for Mongabay. A single fruit generates about a liter of processed palm oil, he said. I have a machine which I use to process the fruits


Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome Wangan & Jagalingou People

Where theres mining there is no justice

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine. The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, Where theres mining there is no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth. We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

Adani is a company that has no money, is subject to investigations for multi-million dollar corruption and fraud in its own country, and doesnt have an economically viable project.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.

The Minister had no business issuing those mining leases. Granting the leases is proof that the Queensland Government is in bed with Adani and is willing to take our rights away by force. To add insult to injury, his cavalier decision-making comes with...


Benefits Delivery From PNG LNG Must Improve Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Oil Search Managing Director Peter Botten Has Called For An Improvement On The Disbursement Of Funds Owed To Landowners Of The PNG LNG Project

Post Courier | August 21, 2017

Oil Search managing director Peter Botten has called for an improvement on the disbursement of funds owed to landowners of the PNG LNG project.

The calls are in light of the ongoing debate pertaining to the benefits being derived from the oil and gas business.

Speaking at a business breakfast last week hosted by the Business Council of Papua New Guinea (BCPNG), Mr Botten told business and government leaders including the Prime Minister Peter ONeill, that he believed there is a broad feeling that the recent developments have delivered little over the last few years.

Benefits delivery from PNG LNG must improve. Landowners must be paid.

The money is there, some have already been paid but barriers to revenue distribution must be removed, he said.

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