Ramu mine back in court on Friday to defend waste dumping

Plans by the controversial Ramu nickel mine to dump 100 million tons of mine waste into the ocean will be back before the National Court in Madang on Friday.

Landowners will be asking the court for a fresh injunction to prevent construction of the marine waste dumping pipeline and the blasting of coral along its proposed route.

A similar injunction was granted by the court in March but was lifted last week when the original landowner plaintiffs withdrew their court challenge after legal and physical threats.

A new group of landowners is now looking to take up the fight against the marine waste dumping plans.

The Ramu nickel mine is majority owned by the Chinese State company MCC with Australian firm, Highlands Pacific as a junior partner.

The dumping of mine waste in the sea is prohibited in both China and Australia.

The PNG government granted an environmental permit for the dumping despite advice from its own experts that further research was necessary before it could be decided if it would be safe.

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Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Mine construction, Papua New Guinea

One response to “Ramu mine back in court on Friday to defend waste dumping

  1. It is a pity to see how landowners are kicked like soccer ball here and there for the benefit of few culprits. The practise of no proper consultation and negotiation by the government and the multi billion dollar companies with the landowners are a repetition of the old mining development history in PNG. When will there be proper mechanisms be in place to fill the missing links? The NA led government is pretty aware of the prohibition of the mining waste in the sea in China and Australia yet it is still pursuing its self interest and the foreign companies’ interests. This is truly not a represntative government, making irrationale decisions on the diplomatic level and poor focus for the nation interest. The troubled landowners are used as medium of development and not rigthfully as stakeholders in the development process.

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