Bougainville to continue pursuit of Rio Tinto

It is a bit late now Mr Momis, how long have you been President and done nothing?

Sounds like an election soundbite not a genuine commitment! 

Radio New Zealand | 27 March, 2017

The President of Bougainville, John Momis, says his government is going ahead with legal action against mining giant Rio Tinto over the destruction caused by the Panguna mine.

Rio Tinto was the majority owner of Bougainville Copper Ltd, which ran the mine for 20 years before it was shut down by a civil war, fostered by environmental and social damage attributed to the mine.

Rio Tinto’s shares in BCL were given to the Papua New Guinea and Bougainville governments and the multi-national walked away from further involvement.

Mr Momis, whose government was now the biggest shareholder in BCL, said his administration would still prosecute Rio Tinto over its Panguna legacy.

“We are going to pursue this matter as a moral issue because they caused so much damage and just think they can get away scot free,” he said.

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Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

2 responses to “Bougainville to continue pursuit of Rio Tinto

  1. This should have been settled long ago y has it taken so long. ,I thought. Phillip Miriori Had made an application for this

  2. After going 360 degrees we are back where we started. The President opposed lawsuit in USA and embraced the “devil he knew” CRA the owner of BCL at the time. So now he takes the devil to court having been ditch by his bedfellow. Here we go chasing each other in the pasture while referendum clock ticks away. This is all ridiculous.

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