Sam Basil becomes a mining convert despite social and environmental impacts

MP Sam Basil made his reputation opposing the environmental destruction caused by the Hidden Valley mine but now seems converted to a model of development that drives a bulldozer through PNG’s Constitutional goals and means inevitable suffering for rural people… Seems our leaders always get diverted by the smell of money!

Bulolo District involves in Mining


The district administration of Bulolo is venturing into mining by directly involving as a big player in the shareholding stakes.

The Bulolo District Development Authority has been granted two mining exploration licenses and is now holding talks to engage two overseas mining companies to partner it.

Bulolo MP and Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil, says they want to benefit more from their mineral resources and sees this as a good opportunity to maximize their benefits under the enabling powers of the authority to do business.

He says, Wau and Bulolo towns have not changed a decade on since the Hidden Valley mine began operation.
Mr. Basil says this is because its revenues are shared between the developer, the national and provincial governments, leaving the electorate with nothing.

Basil says being a mining area, his district government wants to exploit their own wealth by taking a bigger shareholder stake in the venture.

The two licenses covers exploration in Bulldog and Waria.



Filed under Environmental impact, Exploration, Financial returns, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

2 responses to “Sam Basil becomes a mining convert despite social and environmental impacts

  1. Karis

    So why support a mining project if the locals gain nothing?

  2. Giaman

    Interesting that Sam Basil says his electorate has received nothing…one might ask the District and the Bulolo LLGs to account for the K23 million that received in royalties from Hidden Valley.

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