Troubled Waters: How mine waste is poisoning our oceans, rivers and lakes

A new report Troubled Waters: How Mine Waste Dumping is Poisoning Our Ocean, Rivers and Lakes highlights the global problem of mine waste dumping into waterways.

This new investigative report from Earthworks and MiningWatch Canada documents how mining companies are using the world’s waterways as dumping grounds for their toxic mine wastes.

These mine wastes, or tailings, can contain up to three dozen dangerous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury, and cyanide and threaten vital bodies of water.

Each year, mining companies dump over 180 million tonnes of these hazardous mine wastes into rivers, oceans, and lakes – that’s more than 1.5 times the amount of waste that US cities send to landfills each year.

The Troubled Waters report examines the impacts of ten corporations’ waste dumping practices in water bodies in 11 regions around the world, including those in Papua New Guinea (Barrick Gold, Newcrest Mining, MCC/Highlands Pacific, Allied Gold, BHP/Ok Tedi) Turkey, Canada, Indonesia, United States, and Norway.

The report calls on mining companies to stop using our oceans, rivers, and lakes as dumping grounds for their toxic wastes.

The report recommends additional steps that must be taken by mining companies to protect people and ecosystems from irresponsible aquatic waste disposal, including dry stacking and backfill, where safe, and adopting measures to produce less waste.

Troubled Waters: How Mine Waste Dumping is Poisoning Our Ocean, Rivers and Lakes



Filed under Corruption, Environmental impact, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

4 responses to “Troubled Waters: How mine waste is poisoning our oceans, rivers and lakes

  1. it’s always good to know that people are researching and watching what’s going on with mining and water quality! But it would be better if more did.

  2. Bill Jenkins

    Couldn’t agree more with those comments but its not just about mining its about total river health and everyone’s contribution to the problem.

    Come on DEC wake up!

  3. The people in Environment department are merely arseholes who have lost their souls.

  4. Wesely

    They are not arseholes, any more than you are.
    They are employees inside a sytem that has lost its way.
    Its totally underfunded and ill equipped to deal with teh rapid change that has come to PNG in the last 5 years.
    Nor is the PNG government allowing the development of a regime permitting effective regulation.
    Don’t play the man!
    Look at the bigger picture.

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