Jemimah Sukbat | Loop PNG | December 24, 2017
The views of Governor Sir Julius Chan and the New Ireland Provincial Government have not changed, they have always been against the experimental seabed mining.
This was reaffirmed by NIPG after Loop PNG published an article questioning the governor’s stance.
In response, Loop PNG was told that the provincial government has been demanding that an independent environmental impact study be conducted and the findings be made known to NIPG.
“It will be worthwhile to note that the decision for Nautilus minerals to mine undersea had been made by the national government and as it is under the Mining Act, everything in the earth, in and above the sea belongs to the State,” clarified the government.
“Sir J recognises this and is working on amendments to the act, so mama and papa graun can be fully recognised as owners of these minerals.
“The amendments have gone before Parliament as a private member’s bill.”
NIPG further said as Nautilus is doing business in New Ireland waters using the road and land as access to its ships, etc, they have demanded that Nautilus give back to the community in projects, which it is doing on the west coast.
“Nautilus had so far shown good corporate responsibility but this is not enough to convince NIPG that seabed mining is safe.”
Meanwhile, non-governmental organisations have been advised to visit Sir Julius’ Kavieng office and dialogue with their government.