“The pipeline is not safe… I am concerned that this may be the first of more,”
Rosalyn Albaniel | Post Courier | 9 March 2016
TESTS are being carried out to ascertain if indeed the slurry that was released during last week’s pipeline spillage at Ramu nickel in Madang is non-toxic.
Usino Bundi MP Anton Yagama said this when contacted yesterday for his comments.
Mr Yagama said he was aware of the damage and concerned but unable to comment further until proper tests are completed and the results released by a government team.
His concern however related to the state of the roads where the pipeline owned by the Ramu NiCo Limited runs through.
He argued the terrain particularly in his electorate is unstable adding that since the commissioning and operation of the pipeline conditions had continued to worsen.
“The pipeline is not safe and had been showing signs there would be problems and it happened last week. I am concerned that this may be the first of more,” he said.
Mineral Resources Authority’s managing director Philip Samar said yesterday the developer has taken actions to clean up the environment.
“Given its impact to the environment, CEPA is currently in charge and the MRA will engage with the company on the engineering and integrity aspects of the pipeline.
“We are currently awaiting a full detailed report from the mine and will attend to pipeline aspects after that.
“What has happened is unfortunate and we need to ensure that this does not happen again.”
Also yesterday Ramu NiCo announced the recommencement of operations following a two-day shut down due to the leakage at Iguruwe village 29.5 km from its Kurumbukari mine site in Bundi LLG.
Head of MCC’s media unit Mathew Yakai maintained the slurry was not toxic rather that it was a mixture of water and nickel and cobalt ore.
“No environmental damage was done, except for the fact that villagers from Iguruwe were inconvenienced. But our community affairs division at KBK is arranging the necessary assistance for those affected,” Mr Yakai said.