BCL to find a way through the window despite ABG shutting the door

Bougainville Special Correspondent

Bougainville Copper Limited has not relented in the face of the recent shut out by the Momis government through the reimposition of the Moratorium on mining in Bougainville. The blanket moratorium imposed has effectively put an end to any talks on mining on Bougainville until after the referendum in 2019. This shut out has not, however, deterred the company, which convened a meeting in Buka last Thursday and has developed a strategy to counter the move by the legitimate government of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Bougainville Copper Limited will now employ a more radical and very ambitious strategy that includes the very controversial Panguna New Generation Leaders (PNGL). This group includes former fighters paid to lobby for mining and also act as a security group for the company. This group had a fallout with BCL in the recent past due to payment issues and their handling of affairs on the ground which is more of a force than a legitimate landowner group.

The key strategy for BCL is the facilitation of a rogue pro-mining element that has the ability to intimidate and harass civilians, just as happened recently to the Melanesian group that entered Bougainville in August of 2017.

Coupled with that, the company intends to use Village Liaison Officers (VLOs) who will target mainly the areas within BCL tenements in and around Panguna to foster support from the community level. The VLOs are comprised of individuals who are pro-BCL supporters who will liaise for the company to create support on the ground. This group includes individuals from PNGL and a pro-mining chiefs, women and youth.

Despite having the door shut on the contentious issue of reopening Panguna, Bougainville Copper Limited still intends to find a way in, this time through the window.

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4 responses to “BCL to find a way through the window despite ABG shutting the door

  1. Bougainvilleans have suffered enough. BCL is doing it again, disrupting peace and the peace process. Hasn’t BCL done enough damage. They are taking advantage of people who have been isolated for over 10 years from services and information vital for their participation. This is a total disregard for peace efforts and efforts for referendum. Here they are preparing for independence and BCL with its greed creating divisions on the island. You are smart people, don’t allow BCL into the island again.

  2. Terry Quinlan

    talk about respecting what the majority of the people of bouganville want, no mine.they are carrying like the colonial masta, this is 2018 not the 1960. terry Q.

  3. BCL shares are going down down down. The BCL shares are currently worth $0.19 cents.
    In November 2017 BCL shares = $0.28 cents, in December 2017 = $0.23.
    BCL shareholders have woken up and obviously feel much shame and regret for what they have done to the people of Bougainville, not realising how they were manipulated by Rio Tinto and BCL.

  4. John Jaintong

    Meekamui Chief and principal landowners of Panguna Mine Area General Chris Uma has warned elements supporting BCL to stop this nonsense immediately or face the strong arm of Meekamui Defence Force. General Uma said BCL will never be allowed back to Panguna as that charter was already closed. We now own the resources in Panguna as per ABG revised Mining Law giving the landowners rights over the resources. Panguna Mine and its future is totally in the hands of the Chiefs and no one else General Uma said. As for BCL and RTG we have no knowledge of your dealings with individual landowners and if you have expanded funds to them you can take legal action to recoup your funds. Let me warn opportunies that Panguna Mine remain in a No Go Zone area check point and general law and order in the Zone area will be stepped up.

    On 10/01/2018 8:03 AM, “Papua New Guinea Mine Watch” wrote:

    ramunickel posted: ” Bougainville Special Correspondent Bougainville Copper Limited has not relented in the face of the recent shut out by the Momis government through the reimposition of the Moratorium on mining in Bougainville. The blanket moratorium imposed has effe”

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