Lifting of mining ban ‘welcomed by B’villeans’


The National aka The Loggers Times | June 9, 2016

THE lifting of the mining moratorium by the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) House of Representatives on Tuesday was welcomed by the people of Bougainville, former rebel commander, Sam Kauona says.
Kauona told The National that with the next step of reopening the Panguna mine, lifting the moratorium would give an opportunity to other resource owners apart from Panguna to partake  in mining activities.
Negotiations between ABG, the national government, Panguna landowners and the Bougainville Copper Limited are yet to begin.
He said the decision gave resource owners every right to operate as long as their activities were within the new Bougainville Mining Act.
Kauona said by law Panguna was under BCL’s moratorium and for them (BCL) to come back to operate it depended on how well they would negotiate with the other parties concerned.
“What the other resources owners are happy about is their areas which are not under BCL’s moratorium.”
He said resource owners would now have the right to negotiate with potential investors in accordance with the Bougainville Mining Act.
“For alluvial mining to take place the investors have to meet terms and conditions of the resource owners.”
He said resource owners had the right to say yes or no if any deal was not honoured.


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One response to “Lifting of mining ban ‘welcomed by B’villeans’

  1. Lifting of the mining moratorium on Bougainville has hoodwinked the majority of people on Bougainville.
    In March 2016, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), knew that the decision on the future of the mining moratorium on Bougainville was a major concern and “that there should be wide public debate on the issues involved”. This was reiterated again as stated by Patrick Nisira, Vice President of the ABG in his public leture on 28 April 2016 in Canberra.
    Yet in his next breath, Patrick Nisira advises, “but we don’t have the funds necessary for an extensive public awareness and consultation program”.
    Instead, the decision to lift the mining moratorium was done without the majority of people on Bougainville even knowing, therefore, appears they were deliberately left out of the decision. They have been intentionally ignored on purpose to allow BCL (Bougainville Copper Ltd) and Rio Tinto to return to Bougainville.
    So, if BCL returns to operate the Panguna mine, like it did in the past, will BCL and Rio Tinto be providing payment and compensation for the deaths and destruction it caused under the unfair Bougainville Copper Agreement?

    The National,Thursday June 9th, 2016.

    ONLY time will tell when the Panguna Mine will be reopened after the Autonomous Bougainville Government House of Representatives lifted the mining moratorium in Parliament session on Tuesday.
    Member for Hagogohe Constituency, Robert Hamal Sawa told The National that the decision was done in consultation with the people who agreed that the moratorium be lifted.
    Sawa said the next task was for the Bougainville Executive Council, Bougainville Copper Limited, Government and the Panguna landowners to negotiate on how well the mine would operate in accordance with the new Bougainville Mining Act.
    He said as the lifting was constitutionally amended, one condition of the lifting was for the Panguna Mine to be reopened.
    “We decided that for the moratorium to be lifted and for Panguna Mine to operate again, only BCL will be allowed back because they know the operation back then,” he said.
    Sawa said they did not want to engage another company apart from BCL which did not understand the situation in Panguna. For areas that have minerals, it was up to the resource owners to organise and decide which mining activity either in alluvial or exploration should take place.

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