What is Sir Julius’ stance on experimental seabed mining?

Jemimah Sukbat | Loop PNG | December 21, 2017

People in West Coast New Ireland are confused about Sir Julius Chan’s position on seabed mining.

This was revealed by a Messi villager of New Ireland and Solwara Alliance campaigner against seabed mining in the Bismarck Sea.

Jonathan Mesulam, in a recent interview, says he understands that in June 2016, the Governor made it clear that he and the New Ireland Provincial Government were against seabed mining.

However, it now seems as if he is for the project.

Mesulam further reveals that despite their call on the Government to ban the project, they have experienced great opposition against the project locally, nationally and internationally.

With the project to be underway in 2019, the Governor is yet to come out clear with a firm decision on where he stands, on behalf on his people.

Moreover, multiple attempts from this newsroom to reach Sir Julius Chan have been unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, the Solwara Alliance filed a case at the National Court on the 7th of this month against the Government on seabed mining.

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Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

One response to “What is Sir Julius’ stance on experimental seabed mining?

  1. columbusgroup2015

    It is very disappointing that the proposed sea bed mining is akin to very shallow open cut mining. Like underground mining on land, seabed mining should NOT be seabed mining but rather SUB-SEABED mining, so causing substantially less environmental damage during activities and less of an issue to restore the seabed after the mining operations have ceased.

    Donald YATES CEO COLUMBUS Group columbusgroup@iinet.net.au

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