One million sign petition against Nautilus and Solwara 1

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Over one million people have signed a global petition opposing Nautilus Minerals’ plans for experimental seabed mining in Papua New Guinea and the number is still rising.

The petition calls on the PNG government and potential investors not to support the mining plans which could be catastrophic for our climate and biodiversity – and for people living around the mine site who rely on the sea for their subsistence lifestyles.

Community advocacy group ACT NOW! advertised the petition on their Facebook page – here are just a selection of the comments made by concerned citizens:

Niruk White Who needs another environmental pollution. PNG rivers has its rivers been poison now sea mine. Is this Canadian company prepared to pay compensation for PNG and the Pacific Islands’ community for any so called unintended environmental damage to the sea bed and the food source.

Martin Heits It takes only a few stupid individuals to agree to such a stupid idea that will ruin the lives of many innocent people. Wake up crazies, we coastal people depend on the sea for subsistance.. kisism lo graun go nonap na nau upla like minim sea floor.. ino long time ba upla salim ol pipol blo upla!!!!!! longx2 wanpla time enaf

James Vuia Simet What is the problem? Don’ t we have enough natural resources to flog to world already? Aren’t the land-based mines and other natural resource projects like oil and gas not generating enough revenue to satisfy people’s greed and selfishness? Why wont we leave these sea-bed mining projects for later when the right kind of technologies have been invented?

Viliame Tori We are already struggling with the effects of climate change and we are still fighting for a solution to these issue…and now seabed mining….the effects will be worse.

Jack NB No to this experimental seabed mining!!! Lets care for Mother Nature and surely it will take care of us.

Tati Wills We have to stop this.. Yes together we can…

Bishop Bee Bottom line is govt to stop seabed minning encourage tourism n. Agriculture priority list of revenue generating industries neglected last 40yrs. Forget about sea bed minning. So many mines come n go yet PNG economy is long way down the road to recovery. Simply just put stop nautilus sea bed mining.

Santhana Wakiawa PNG rise up to say NOOOOOOOOOO TO THIS SEABED MINING.

Jessie Kenken Let us all say No to sea bed mining.. tok2 plnty maski..

Potuku Kumalau NO NO NO NO KEEP OUR OCEAN FREE

Monica Paraide Please damaged is done enough for png no no no no!

Charles Thirlwall …. And meanwhile the Malaysian loggers continue to rape the forests as they have for the past two decades without fanfare ….

Guise Kola No Nautilus no…send them back to the Canadian seas not in our seas…

Hans Columbus Can PNG government please come out and explain to the world she is hell-bend in allowing this crazy project to continue??

Caroline Laore What wealth are we looking for when we are yet to fully account for what we had.

Obert Jubunail Our government must consider this and take action now because our Marine life a affected

Rodney Tom’riesa Our land is full of minerals. There is no need to damage our marine environment unless GREED takes over

JayJay Adamson We need to protect and look after our natural environment for our future generations..

John Nabon Our members are not giving us the chance to air our voice, especially Byron Chan. He has neglected his people’s concern and he’s only interested about his own gain.

He has shown who he is and he will certainly reap what he has sawn in next year’s election. GOOD FOR HIM..

Hamz Stret I’m against the seabed mining, since the sea habitats which host thousands of marine life will be destroyed permenantly thus affecting the ecosystems ,and the lifestyles of the coastal people, economicly, and in there to day living..

Peter Pomahun NO! No! No! to seabed mining.

Nathan Nibat Is our country a guinea pig?

George Kele Ol man laik paitim bros na tok ol wokim. Thats the mentality with lots of our leaders in PNG today. No care attitudes.

Siru Maegs Ghots SAY NO TO SEABED MINING PROTECT MARINE LIFE.

Joan Kintah O God help this people to understand. Mother nature is not a toy. STOP SEABED MINING $$$ greedy human beings.

Eagle Eye No

Palosualrea Paul Stop this deep sea mining please. The sea and all have faced a lot from human activities. What more are we going to give them.. Human beings let’s have respect for them ..

Keni Lucas MweiYapol Why not Nautilus go do seabed mining in Canadian seas? We ain’t Guinea pigs for them to come do their seabed mining experiment here. Get the F out. You kill marine life, you kill humans too.

Penias Peni Don’t ever try it out in PNG. Do it in your back yard

Ken Tau No mining to PNG sea bed..

Monty Cat Stopim..!!

Dia Kalit No,poor management on the surface of the land so far is enough, sea bed mining should stop immediately now.

Christine Tau’oa Sabadi Leave seabed mining for next century…future generation.

George Daniels No no and always no to sea bed mining. Why not invest in tourism though. Typical money faces.

Herbs Man Damn why don’t this big companies start a project to produce agricultural crops look @ of png is much bigger that new zealand yet new zealand had huge farms that other pacific country go to work.. If they can do that why don’t we??

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NZ communities vow to fight seabed mining – again

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KASM | Scoop | 24 August 2016

Coastal communities are preparing to fight a new application to mine the seabed, lodged with the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining said today.

Trans Tasman Resources (TTR), whose 2013 bid to mine ironsands from the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight was turned down by the EPA in 2014, is making another attempt to get a marine licence, lodged with the EPA yesterday. It is understood TTR is applying to mine the same 66sqkm of seabed as its last application.

“Last time this company tried to get permission to dig up 50 million tonnes of sand a year from the seabed, communities up and down the west coast of the North Island objected in their thousands, with record numbers of submissions against the project,” said Phil McCabe, KASM chairperson.

“From surfers to recreational fishers and local Iwi, ocean lovers made a stand against this destructive and experimental practice, and we were proved right. The EPA said there were too many unknowns, and nothing has changed.

“It’s disappointing that TTR is back with the same application, trying to wear down public opposition, but this foreign-owned company should know that they will continue to meet strong resistance from Kiwis who will stand up for their beaches ocean and marine environment.”

“From the public reaction this week on social media, we know the strength of feeling against seabed mining hasn’t gone away. If anything, it’s stronger,” he said.

Given the unknown impacts of seabed mining, KASM has gathered more than 4700 signatures on a petition calling for a moratorium on seabed mining in New Zealand waters.

The EPA has turned down two applications on seabed mining: the first was Trans Tasman Resources application to mine the South Taranaki Bight, and then Chatham Rock Phosphate’s bid to mine phosphorus off the deep seabed of the Chatham Rise.

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Minister Zeming Calls for Sir Mekere Morauta to ‘do the right thing’ and step down from PNG SDP

Mao Zeming

The Minister for Fisheries, Hon. Mao Zeming MP, has called on Sir Mekere Morauta to do the honourable thing and relinquish control of the PNG Sustainable Development Fund to the people of Western Province after yet another court ruling went against Sir Mekere.

On Friday the Supreme Court dismissed Sir Mekere’s challenge relating to the government’s decision to acquire shares belonging to the PNG SDP.

“The time has come for Sir Mekere Morauta to walk away from the PNG Sustainable Development Program and give the people of Western Province access to their money,” the Minister said.

“Mekere has again been shown the door in the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court and continues to lose cases before the Singapore High Court.

“There has to be a time when Sir Mekere admits that he has no claim over these billions of Kina belonging to the people of Western Province.

“This money has to be given to the men, women and children of Western Province.

“PNGSDP ceased all development projects three years ago, before moving its operations offshore, where it continues to incur millions of dollars on administration, legal and professional fees.

“This is all money that could be used for development projects that will directly help the people of Western Province.

“In the latest Supreme Court ruling, Sir Mekere’s application was described as incompetent and an abuse of the process of the court.

“Mekere is a former Prime Minister and he should behave with the dignity that is expected of someone who once held the highest office in the land.”

Minister Zeming said a massive change in attitudes is taking place around the nation in respect accorded to the rights of landowners, and this must take place in the PNG SDP.

“Last week the Prime Minister stood up in Parliament for the interests of the landowners of Western Province and other areas where resource development activities are taking place around the country.

“As PM O’Neill said, for too long the rights of landowners had been ignored, and this is now changing.

“The Government will not let up in its efforts to regain rightful oversight and control of PNGSDP and its assets.

“The State will continue to pursue the Singapore High Court action against PNGSDP to ensure that the interests of the people are safeguarded,” Minister Zeming said

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Bougainville landowners to meet Momis

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill (left) and the Bougainville President, John Momis (right) Photo: AFP/RNZI

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill (left) and the Bougainville President, John Momis (right) Photo: AFP/RNZI

Radio New Zealand 

Landowners around the site of the Panguna mine in central Bougainville are to meet with President John Momis this Friday to discuss the shares from Rio Tinto.

Rio has given away its shares in the operator of the Panguna mine, Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL).

The bulk has gone to the Autonomous Bougainville Government [ABG] and the balance to the Papua New Guinea government but Prime Minister Peter O’Neill sparked controversy by regifting them to the landowners at Panguna.

That move sparked a war of words among the political leaders but the chairperson of the Arawa/Siokatei/Loloho landowning group, Therese Jaintong said the landowners are yet to talk about the share issue.

“For me, I really want to see, to ask landowners and the governments of Papua New Guinea and the ABG to really be talking together but the good thing is we will be meeting with President Momis on the 26th of this month in Buka. So we are preparing the landowners to speak with the President and come up with our positions I suppose. I don’t know yet.”

Mr Momis said the move threatened the peace process and his government could pull BCL’s exploration licence making the shares worthless.

In response the Papua New Guinea Prime Minsiter, Peter O’Neill said Mr Momis was trying to manipulate the peace process for political gain and warned him not to play politics over the shares.

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Nautilus closes Port Moresby office

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Nautilus Minerals has sacked twenty-six people from their organisation. All of the Port Moresby office employees have been made redundant, AGAIN, and the POM office is closing its doors, AGAIN.

This will be the third time this has happened (redundancies), yet the Executive Committee look like they are sitting pretty YET AGAIN. In all probability MB Holdings will probably buy out the company and see it forward from here.

The employees, the shareholders and the people of PNG have been taken for a ride AGAIN.

Someone should look into the way Nautilus Minerals has been operated over the past 10 years and look closely at how money has been spent on things such as travel, furnishings for offices, nepotism and cronyism, where did the $10M dollars actually go, and how was it possible that Shontel Norgate made a transfer without checking the banking details, and, why was she allowed to keep her job after losing such a huge amount of money???????

The excessive travelling of staff, to and from Moresby office and Brisbane office and the appointment of unqualified people to positions such as CSR Specialist. It is time to stop trusting the individuals from Nautilus (or any other company for that matter) who operate under the concept of White Privilege and realise that if Nautilus Minerals (or whatever form it takes from this point on) or any other company that wishes to exploit the riches and people of PNG, had better start acting in a manner that actually reflects the so called values of the company.

“Nautilus Cares”,  pffff, Yeah Right….

It truly has been a race to the bottom, just not the one we expected to see!

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Frieda Mine Road Construction a Threat to Upper Sepik Environment

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William H. Townsend, Ph.D., P.E.

It is clear that constructing the Frieda Mine Access Road from Nikie to Kubkain by way of Yabatawe in East Sepik Province will have major impact on the forest along the road, which runs through several Sanio-Hiyewe communities. By damaging their sago and other food sources, a sustainable food supply will be threatened in this challenging environment.

I lived with the Saniyo-Hiyewe for 20 months in 1966-1967 and shorter periods between 1980 and 1984. One of my activities during this time was mapping ridges, swamp forests, and paths between villages. Another was weighing food and measuring sago stands.

In 1981 through 1984 I served the PNG Government as its technical advisor on the Ok Tedi Mine, reporting to the Secretary of Minerals and Energy and the Secretary of Finance. As a civil engineer, I was responsible to monitor construction of the mine and report on OTML’s progress as it affected local facilities and environmental impact. 

Responding to a Directive from Parliament in 1982, I did an inspection of the Access Road from Kiunga to Tabubil and reported back to Parliament. This inspection revealed that the construction of the road through rain forest was slower and more difficult than anticipated. The side cast method of road construction used there discarded topsoil away from the roadway, pushing it into the adjacent forest.  (See photo.)

If the same construction methods for mine access roads are used on the Frieda Mine that were used in Western Province, runoff will deposit materials that will damage the prime sago areas, which have taken generations to develop, and other food sources. Damage to the fragile forest during construction would take decades to remediate and restore sustainable living to the people of the Upper Sepik tributaries.

While commentators are rightly concerned about the massive damage that occurs from riverine disposal of mine wastes during production or through the failure of poorly constructed tailings dams after mine closure, vigilance is also necessary from the beginning of construction. Environmental damage from construction shortcuts is especially likely during the pre-production and early production phases, before the project returns a profit, as Ok Tedi should have taught us all.

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Papua New Guinea-Bougainville mine row intensifies

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Rowan Callick | The Australian | 23 August 2016

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has escalated his feud with Bougainville’s President, insisting his cabinet’s offer to hand over a key parcel of shares in Bougainville Copper to mine landowners is final.

“The distribution of shares for Bougainvilleans will be done by themselves,” Mr O’Neill said.

President John Momis had “furiously” rejected the PNG plan, announced by Mr O’Neill to the parliament last week, to transfer to “the landowners and the people of Bougainville” the 17.4 per cent parcel recently given to the national government by Rio Tinto, the former owner.

If combined with the further 36.4 per cent parcel given by Rio to the Autonomous Bougainville Government led by Mr Momis, this gives the island a controlling stake over the mine — which still contains copper and gold worth about $50 billion, but is estimated to cost upwards of $6.5bn to reopen.

However, if the 17.4 per cent parcel is given to a Bougainvillean splinter group that is at odds with the autonomous government — and several remain, leftovers from the civil war of 1989-2001 — then that group would hold a veto power over further development in the island.

The mine is widely seen as the key potential income source for the island, whether Bougainvilleans choose in their 2019 referendum to seek independence from PNG or to remain autonomous within PNG.

Mr Momis said he was “angry because it’s the ABG that speaks for the people of Bougainville”.

“Mr O’Neill has rejected my advice,” he said. “He is interfering in Bougainville. He acts in the same high-handed manner as the colonial administration and BCL when the mine began. That caused the Bougainville crisis.”

Mining legislation passed by the Bougainville parliament already provides landowners with “full decision-making involvement and a good revenue share, if mining resumes”, he said.

Mr O’Neill responded yesterday:

“We have had enough of this nonsense and attempts manipulate the peace process for political gain.

“I have deliberately given these shares to the people so that the ABG does not have outright control of 53.8 per cent of the mine. The ABG is very welcome to participate in the consultation process with the landowners, but these shares will go to the people who have a direct stake in the mine.”

The legislation guarantees landowners 5 per cent free equity in the operating company once the mine starts producing again — which, Mr Momis said, would be worth much more than the 17.4 per cent being handed to them by Mr O’Neill since the cost of re-opening the mine would fall on existing shareholders, “dramatically diluting” their equity.

“The future of (mine site) Panguna is Bougainville’s most sensitive issue,” Mr Momis said. “I have explained to the PM several times why it is vital the ABG holds the Rio shares in Bougainville Copper Ltd.”

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