“Open seas tailing disposals will not be allowed and so every mining companies and various stakeholders must be mindful of how they manage their waste,”
Morobe Province rich in mineral resources
Simon Keslep | Post Courier
Morobe Province is rich in mineral resources, a mining conference on exploration project updates within the province was told. Organised by the Mineral Resource Authority, the conference itself highlighted important key factors on how mineral exploration activities have been proven successful by various investors and local small scale mining companies.
Governor Kelly Naru said the province has had a long history in mining of gold, silver and copper and much of these minerals have supported both local economy and also within the international stoke exchange markets. He said with the first gold rush at Wau and Bulolo in the 1920s which made world news headlines, there proves to be airlift records and dredging operations along the Bulolo River apart from the purity of gold.
“We must consider and ask ourselves whether our social, community and environmental responsibilities are being prioritised as well in terms of having this mineral explorations,” said Mr Naru.
He said mining is a very tough business having huge costs of money on royalties, taxes, machines and even takes long hours of exploration and extractions. Mr Naru believes that with this toughness comes a common interest and responsibility to the people, environment and ecosystems that face effects of these mining activities.
According to Mr Naru the Morobe Provincial Government will support miners and mining companies through their responsibilities as mineral extractors and their waste disposal management strategies.
“Open seas tailing disposals will not be allowed and so every mining companies and various stakeholders must be mindful of how they manage their waste,” said Mr Naru.
Waste disposals issues being faced within the Markham River and even by the upper and lower Watut communities were strongly urged by governor Naru not to be repeated but sustainably managed, he said.
Companies who attended the conference include Pacific Niugini Minerals, Katana Iron and Morobe Mining Joint Venture in which they all a fully established at Wafi Golpu and Hidden valley joint venture and even Niuminco.
“Be responsible towards the environment and the people in the discharge of your duty and care,” said Mr Naru.
Mining activities has two sided aspects and so it includes the prospect benefits and even the down side effects on the people and the environment, he said.
Mr Naru said such conference is meaningful and strengthens the progress and partnership between all stakeholders including the government and the people to know exactly how mineral explorations have been carried out within the province.
With Lae being an industrial hub with booming economic activities, a lot has been said about getting the political, social and environmental conditions right so that the city and province can take advantage of the growth.