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Flaws in Ramu NiCo pollution denial

The scientific analysis by experts at Cocoa Coconut Institute of PNG (CCIPNG) for Ramu NiCo on the alleged gas explosion at Basamuk, rather shows obvious flaws in their attempt to cover up what seems to be major gas pollution.

First of all, the scientific analysis was carried out several weeks after the initial alleged pollution from the explosion. Even the experts themselves admitted the evidence of pollution would have disappeared by then. It does not take an expert to point out the first compromise of their analysis.

Secondly, poor visual evidence was presented in the article, only showing a bunch of unidentified leaves and the faces of those experts. There was no proper visual display of proof by the experts.

Thirdly, experts stated that if the pollution was sulfuric acid, it would have destroyed the other crops as well. Below is a picture that was taken in Dein village recently after the explosion. It shows the yellowing of almost all vegetation in the area.


Is this not a possible indication of sulfuric acid leakage? Those experts have to question their 100% certainty on the taro blight.

Furthermore, these are sample pictures of the taro blight:


And these are pictures from a garden in Mindre near Basamuk, taken recently after the alleged gas leak:


It only requires common sense to know there is something wrong here, and people in authority are not speaking out on what is really going on. Unofficially, according to an inside source, “there are pressing environment non-compliance issues that need regress”.

Hence, the credibility of the expert analysis may be down to individual comprehension, but the obvious flaws cannot be denied. CCIPNG have to be honest on their analysis when reporting such matters because this is not about securing interests, it is about protecting peoples’ lives.

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Ramu mine denies pollution

Post Courier

ramumineRAMU NiCo Mine in Madang Province has denied allegations from nearby communities that smoke from the mine’s refinery is affecting their food crops like yam and taro.

In a statement last week, the miner said preliminary findings from a combined plant experts including Yak Namaliu, plant pathologist and Waike Yasinge, plant agronomist from Cocoa Coconut Institute of PNG (CCRIPNG) and Moses Moruba from food Crops and agriculture division of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock in Madang Province have confirmed that.

The findings said a common fungal disease called phytophtora or “taro blight” is the main cause withering taro leaves and affecting other garden food crops including yam and banana at Basamuk villages close to the Ramu NiCo owned Basamuk Refinery and not the alleged smoke from Ramu NiCo Refinery.

In a statement, Ramu NiCo said CCRIPNG is the public state entity mandated to carry out research on coconut and cocoa in PNG.

After a week of assessment on villages and food crops, the research team concluded that the crops were 100% affected by taro blight and not the alleged sulfuric gas from Basamuk Refinery.

“Taro blight is common during rainy or wet season. If it was sulfuric acid then banana and sugar canes, including other crops would be severely affected,” Mr. Namaliu said.

The team also denied a report by John Bivi from Madang Provincial Government’s Director of Mines that villagers in the Rai Coast District were affected by the alleged gas emission.

Bivi’s report alleged that thick fumes and smelt acid were reported in the Rai Coast villages, including impacts on human lives and garden crops.

“Bivi does not have the scientific data and lab analysis to prove that. He must be very careful,” the team warned. Ramu NiCo also categorically denies any pollution caused by Basamuk Refinery.

Mr. Namaliu said during their assessment, they discovered that most garden crops were healthy but those that showed signs of withering were due to either taro blight or black-cross which are common fungal diseases during the wet season.

“It is impossible that any damage been done by the sulfuric gas. It would even be deflated with no impact on plants as sulfur gas is common in the air and diluted fast,” Mr. Namiliu said.


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Stop thinking of Ramu-Nico as an Asian company – says PNG Oreo Cookie

Bismarck Ramu Group

oreoI recall as a young student reading about Black Americans. As they were fighting for their rights in the USA some of them would sell out to the whites and tell their own black brothers & sisters to , in reality, obey their white masters. These black sell outs were called Oreo Cookies. Oreo cookies have white cream between two chocolate biscuits. Thus a black person being called an oreo was because they were black on the outside but white inside.  We have the cookies here in PNG.

We also have the other Oreos here – plenty. Those who sell our people, land, resources out to outsider. Oh yes they look like PNGeans on the outside, but on the inside they don’t care about their people – not really.

We tried to find a cookie with yellow on the inside  (ie: Chinese) surrounded by two chocolate biscuits but couldn’t find any. So until we find one such cookie we’ll refer to those like Jeffers Teargun Heptol as a PNG grown Oreo cookie.

So the WORLD CLASS Ramu Nickel Mine is so desperate and think PNGeans are so stupid they bring in an Oreo Cookie, who has lived 10 years in Kong Land to TELL THE PEOPLE of ALL the wonderful things and GREAT POTENTIAL of the Ramu Nico Mine. Oreo Heptol goes on about great potential to provide tangible benefits. Oh yea Jeffers – like what? Who the hell do you think is going to buy this bullshit?

He goes on to say “our people (see everyone he IS one of us) have the perception that MCC-Ramu Nico is an Asian company. OH YES HE DID EVERYONE! That’s what the Oreo said. Now he continues -this should explain things (NOT!) “They must be in it with Ramu Ncio and work closely with the company.” Huh!!!! Must be in it!

Oreo Hepto said he knew WELL how the Chinese people operated (OBVIOUSLY Mr. Hepto!) their culture and language. Then he tried to impress us by ONCE AGAIN using the same Chinese word all the Oreos bring back – Guanxi. The kong word for relationship. Now Oreo Hepto you have probably forgotten after ten years in kongville, but we PNGeans know a bit about realtionships. Our entire cultures were built on them. They are the centre of what it is to be Melanesian. You’ve obviously forgotten or believe the nonsense about us being backwards or kanakas or whatever they are filling your head with.

Oreo Hepto ends the sorry ass talk with this – ready??? “Leaders should divert their perception of MCC being a Chinese company and shift the paradigm and work with MCC-Ramu NiCo”. In other words. In other words the kongs got the Oreo to try to make us believe that stop thinking of the Chinese as money hungry people who treat our people like shit and have no respect for anything unless they can proposer financially.

Right Mr. Hepto – right. Go enjoy your noodles Oreo.

Below is the article published in the Rimbunan Hijau owned Daily Log (Aka The National) newspaper – And you all thought we made this stuff up!!!!! Nope can’t make nonsense like this up friends.

Leaders urged to work with mine firm
Source: The National, Monday April 14th, 2014
MADANG leaders should work closely with owners of the Ramu NiCo project to benefit the people, Jeffers Teargun Heptol says.
Heptol is a PNG citizen who has been living in China for 10 years.
He said the project had great potential to provide tangible benefits to the people in the province, especially in the under-developed Rai Coast and Usino-Bundi districts, where the project’s refinery and mine sites were located.
The project covers three-quarters of the Madang landmass, including Usino-Bundi, Rai Coast and Madang.
He said provincial leaders should use the opportunity to generate more development.
“Our people have the perception that MCC-Ramu NiCo is an Asian company and the leaders must get themselves out of that thinking,” he said.
“They must be in it with Ramu NiCo and work closely with the company,” Heptol said.
Heptol said he knew well how the Chinese people operated, their culture and language.
He said the Chinese were always looking at “Guanxi” (relationship) which local leaders must embrace to reap more benefits.
“Leaders should divert their perception of MCC being a Chinese company and shift the paradigm and work with MCC-Ramu NiCo,” he said.


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Madang mining jobs still uncertain

Mika Loga | Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

There’s still uncertainty over the employment of Fijians at the Madang mine in Papua New Guinea.

Fiji’s High Commissioner to PNG Romanu Tikotikoca has confirmed that nothing has materialized on the issue to date.

Tikotikoca says, their inquiries into a job arrangement, said to have been made during the Fiji Trade Show in PNG last year, have come out with negative results.

“We’ve verified that exercise that was undertaken but we found out that there was no truth into it… as it is now nothing else has come forth. We need to realize and conduct due diligence pertaining to what is required at this end“

The local travel agency has taken deposits from people promising them jobs at the Madang mine.

The Labour Ministry has been aware of the matter and is conducting its own investigation.

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Ramu Nickel Tries to Cover-Up 17 February Explosion

Bismarck Ramu Group

Thick white smoke from the refinery, moving southwards

Thick white smoke from the refinery, moving southwards

At approximately 2 am on 17 February people from the Basamuk area of the Rai Coast were awakened to an explosion from from the Basamuk Refinery. This was followed by a hugh cloud of heavy thick gas seeping out of the Acid Tank.

By dawn the thick white smoke had advanced southwards via strong winds toward Mindre and Dein villages. What remained in its path was widespread damage to gardens and local vegetation. Photos show browning and orange like colors sustained by the local vegetation

Taro plant damaged by the gas

Taro plant damaged by the gas

Villagers are angry and worried about their health as they talk of breathing in the smoke.

Of course the WORLD CLASS CHINESE CLOWNS at MCC have remained silent on the issue. What do they care? It’s just the environment and the people are just Papua New Guineans. That we expect from the folks from the Middle Kingdom – and their cronies who they bought off.

But how long is our government going to let this destruction of the environment and the people go on? When is enough enough? Surely the money we are allowing the Middle Kingdom folks to make (because we aren’t getting much) isn’t worth the price of our people and our land. What about our children?

Have we lost all sense of decency?

This is NOT going to get any better!!!!! It’s time to take action. What are we doing to our grandchildren and those unborn future generations.

And OF COURSE – no mention of this in the “Mainstream” media.

Banana tree leaves have changed color since being  covered by the white gas

Banana tree leaves have changed color since being covered by the white gas


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Ramu mine owners remain silent over mystery explosion and ‘unknown gas’ leak

Banana tree leaves have changed color since being  covered by the white gas

Banana tree leaves have changed color since being covered by the white gas

A prominent landowner from Basamuk; Terry Kuning has been seeking avenues to publicize what appears to be a threatening pollution issue from the nearby refinery site owned by Chinese mining company MCC in Madang Province.

According to Mr. Kuning, villages near Basamuk were woken by the sound of an explosion at the refinery, this occurred in the early hours of Monday 17th February. Mr. Kuning reported the explosion occurred around 2 a.m. Explanations detailed a huge cloud of heavy thick gas seeping out of the Acid Tank at Basamuk Refinery.

Thick white smoke from the refinery, moving southwards

Thick white smoke from the refinery, moving southwards

At dawn, this unusual thick white smoke had already advanced southwards via strong winds towards Mindre and Dein villages. What remained in its path was widespread damage on garden food crops and plants. Pictures taken show obvious browning or orange-like colors sustained by food crops and plants.

Mr. Kuning stated that villagers’ worst fear was their health, as people living directly in the path of the gas had definitely inhaled it.

Mr. Kuning referred to villages near the Basamuk mine refinery as “sitting ducks”.

So far the Ramu Nico Company has remained silent over the issue.

Taro plant damaged by the gas

Taro plant damaged by the gas

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Where has foreign policy gone wrong? The Asianisation of Madang

Samuel Roth | PNG Attitude

TO ALL those who have never visited Madang, here are some facts to add onto your knowledge about people and places….

The biggest Chinese investment in PNG, Ramu Nickel Mining, is found in this province.

All the stores in Madang are owned by Asians except for two: Christian Books Melanesia (owner unknown ) and Yoko Trading (a very small store owned by a Chimbu fellow). The most (seemingly) expensive building in Madang, they call it “glass house”, is owned by the Chinese state-owned MCC (China Metallurgical Group Corporation).

The biggest fishing cannery and the largest number of fishing vessels in Papua New Guinea are owned by Asians.

The vast Trans-Gogol Valley and Ramu Valley, home to virgin rainforest and tropical hardwood, is logged by Asians started by Japan New Guinea Timber (JANT) decades ago and now continued by other logging giants.

I have no intention of being racist but the list (and I could go on) is phenomenal. One wonders if there are any politicians in Madang who realise these facts and might be responsive to the plight of the vulnerable.

Foreign policy pursuits these days do not necessarily reward but offer costs that are detrimental.

Only in Madang have I seen headlines about politicians winning elections while in prison, driving on to runways to stop moving planes, driving bulldozers into settlements, and  arriving in prison for failing to control violent supporters.

In a few months’ time, Madang’s long-awaited and much-anticipated Pacific Marine Industrial Zone will commence – built by Chinese using Chinese loans for Filipino companies and their PNG cohorts to excel whatever they do best in. What’s left of Madang? And what’s left for it?

Ironically, for the first time in history, the flying foxes have deserted the tourist town for destinies and reasons known only to Mother Nature.

With good manners, they have paved way for new migrants to conquer the town under the watchful eyes of all the Matus and Kukurais, the so-called chiefs.

Only God will save Madang from Asianization but in the meantime, let us ponder on where exactly has our foreign policy gone wrong.

Samuel Roth is a Lecturer of International Relations & Politics at Divine Word University in Madang

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MCC MoA – what really happened

“I see this beautiful bright eyed child in our full traditional attire carrying the MOA, led by the adults in the singsing group in to be signed and my heart bled tears. She doesn’t know that she’s holding onto her death certificate,”

Arnold Jameson

Mainstream media has failed to report that most people didi not agree to the new MoA

“I see this beautiful bright eyed child in our full traditional attire carrying the MOA, led by the adults in the singsing group in to be signed and my heart bled tears. She doesn’t know that she’s holding onto her death certificate”

So much flashy stuff has been said about the Memorandum of Agreement that took place at the Jaisaben Resort in Madang Province, between the Chinese-owned Ramu Nickel mine, the Papua New Guinea Government and the people. Most of these make-believe flashy statements and ‘Press Release’ stories came from the Chinese company itself, who teamed up with the PNG Government team leaving the people on their own at the signing. Others came from our local journalists who again got their tips from this Chinese-PNG team, once again failing the ‘people’s face’ to this story.

The mainstream media again portrays a very ignorant picture of the real situation on the ground before the signing, while the signing took place and even days after the signing of this so called ‘Agreement’ that wasn’t even agreed to at all by those concerned.

Here’s ‘just’ an insight on what happened.

So many people arrived at the Resort for this MOA signing, but only a handful were given ID/Name tags so that they can pass through and be in the conference room for the signing, and also have a place at the table for food and drinks. So who are these other people and why were they there if they knew they weren’t invited when they should be?

It happens that they are the men, women and children of the Basamuk, Kumbrukari and Raicoast villages who will be directly affected by ‘the unknown’ that’s in the MOA. They are ‘The people’. The people who said, they don’t want to sign the MOA because they haven’t seen the contents. The people who said they depend on the sea from day one and went to court against the Mine for choosing to dump millions of tonnes of its ‘chemical’ waste (DSTP) into their sea, their livelihood.

They had to attend the signing to know who among them betrayed them to the hands of this cruel Chinese company and the inhuman PNG Government team. They had to attend to witness that yes, their fellowmen/ women and their government had gone ahead and signed away their lives without their consents.

“We look after the sea together, and it looks after us, but this handful of selfish, greedy, stupid individuals, mostly with the four ‘Cheap’ chairmen of the Landowner Associations who get bribes from the Chinese, gave it away just like that representing themselves,” said one of the elders.

“I see this beautiful bright eyed child in our full traditional attire carrying the MOA, led by the adults in the singsing group in to be signed and my heart bled tears. She doesn’t know that she’s holding onto her death certificate,” he said.

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Tangu Joseph-Stall invaders

Arnold Jameson

The people of Tangu in the Joseph-Staal district of Madang Province have reported some invaders (white men) with a Papua New Guinean and a Solomon Islander tagging along with them. Startled by their sudden intrusion, the people asked them why they rushed in without their consent but these four people, two New Zealanders with the Papua New Guinean and Solomon Islander said they were there to bring ‘BIG Development’, the typical liner again.

However the men, women and children in the area were not happy, as these invaders had a machine up on the areas where parts of the ground had cracked and were smiling and laughing to each other in a very suspicious way so the people decided to approach them.

When asked for the ‘second’ time what they are doing in the area, the four told the people not to worry as they (people) are very lucky because there’s coal in the ground that they (the 2 New Zealanders) will take out of the ground and make the Tangu people very rich.

Word is that the Papua New Guinean said he’s from the Ambunti District of the East Sepik Province, a geologist with the Frieda Mine, and the Solomon Islander from Honiara whose also said to be a geologist.

Seeing these strangers ignoring the village elders, the youths got frustrated and held the strangers up on their way out and took things they believe would be a threat to them (people) away from them. These foreigners and their two geologist ‘helpers’ went away threatening to bring back the Madang Police Task Force. The village councilor on behalf of the people went straight away to the Madang Police Station to explain to the task force the truth of what really happened and so the task force didn’t go up to Joseph-Staal.

With that the four resorted to conning the Bogia police, resulting in the Bogia police turning up on Wednesday (27th November) and dragged the councilor out of his house and forced him to go from house to house and collect all the items taken away from the invaders by the frustrated youths. It is understood that the two New Zealanders are already in Port Moresby, but they couldn’t leave the country as their passports, which may not be recovered are yet to be recovered. They should have gotten the people’s consent.


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Nautilus exploration due soon: Togolo

The National | PACNEWS

Nautilus Minerals, the Canadian deep-sea mining company, will start sea floor mining exploration in the waters of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands soon.

Company country manager Mel Togolo disclosed this recently to the Madang provincial government.

Exploration activities are expected to be completed in December.

Nautilus has licences around Bismarck Sea and the Woodlark areas and parts of the Solomon Islands.

The operation will explore for deposits and will do “target testing” using remote operated vehicle (ROV) to test for metal content.

The company’s exploration vessel mv Fugro Solstic was due to call at Madang port yesterday.

Company manager for environment Dr Samantha Smith said the vessel was 70m long and had the capacity to carry 51 people at one time including 33 crew members.

The vessel was fitted with latest technology required for such a big operation, she said.

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