Gloria Bauai | Post Courier | 22.02.2016
PARTIES involved in the toxic pollution of the Angabanga River system from the Tolukuma gold mine can and will be held accountable.
Member for Kairuku-Hiri Peter Isoaimo told Post-Courier that this possibility has come with the release of counter study results commissioned in 2008 by Petromin Holdings Limited.
A pathologist, Dr Sylvester Kotapu, said this counter-study confirms his own study in 2007 of high chemical levels in the blood stream of people living along the Angabanga River.
However, Dr Kotapu said these results compiled under the “Aquatic Biological Monitoring 2009” study was never made public until December 5, 2015.
Mr Isoaimo said the release now has given the Central Provincial Government a good footing to deal with the issue.
He said they are considering either a class action or mitigation on this matter.
“People involved in the pollution issue have now confirmed with that doctor’s report which places us in a better footing legally if we have to take the matter up at that level.
“We also considered mitigating the matter with the Government of the day for a specially tailored medical package for people affected.
“But if there’s any undertaking they may want to take up trading all this, we are left with no choice but to file a class action against everybody involved,” he said.
Dr Kotapu assured the member that together as a team, they will see that the people of Goilala, Mekeo and Kuni area see justice for the life-damaging issue.
“We do have a situation here, a situation that has tested all our patience and it has paid out now that they themselves have confirmed very high levels of chemicals.”