ENB leaders want Sinivit gold mine reopened

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The National aka The Loggers Times | August 2, 2018

East New Britain leaders want the abandoned Sinivit gold mine reopened.

Governor Nakikus Konga and Sinivit LLG president Boniface Gerep said this during the launching of Sinivit road infrastructure under Sinivit mining project memorandum of agreement at Riet yesterday.

“As the former chairman of Uramot Company, the blame falls squarely on Mineral Resources Authority and the State,” he said. “Sinivit gold mine would have been a very successful mine, but unfortunately we did not get support from the mining department.”

Konga urged Mining Minister Johnson Tuke to ensure the mine reopened.

He said it was an economic opportunity for East New Britain now that the province had been given greater autonomy.

Gerep said resources owners had not benefited from the mine when the developer left abruptly.

Locals looted and vandalised everything at the mine, including explosives and chemicals.

Reports had surfaced of chemicals from abandoned vats flowing into the Warangoi River.

Tuke concurred with Konga and Gerep, saying he wanted to see the mine reopened.

He said he was ready to work with the authorities in East New Britain to ensure that the mine reopened and provided jobs for locals.

Developer New Guinea Gold Ltd abandoned the mine in Sept 2014 blaming the government and MRA for not quickly renewing their mining lease.

It was understood the matter was before the court.

MRA said that the environmental issues that had been raised were for the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority to deal with.

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3 responses to “ENB leaders want Sinivit gold mine reopened

  1. Hosea Kaelam

    In respond to this news, we the principle landowners of the Uramat Incorporated Land Group opposes the idea of the ENB leaders to re open the Sinivit Gold Mine until all the environmental issues are addressed. Also the leaders are not utilizing the ILG’S set out by the National Government as per Land Amendment Act ( 2009 ) in negotiating development in the customary land. We the people of the Uramat ILG are against the leaders idea of re opening the mine. There should be compensation first the the landowners for all the chemical pollution. As per the environmental report the treatment pond for cyanide and other chemicals used at the mine contained 20 parts per million of chemicals while the vats contain 20 parts per million as well. This is very high concentration and people’s life are at risk. The permitted safe environment content is 5 parts per million. This is a slap on the face for state agencies to neglect this issue as if there is no government for the people. Yet leaders are pushing for the re opening of the mine without the consent of the indigenous customary and registered and gazetted land group. Let us solve the environmental issue but the mine won’t be re open… On 4 Aug 2018 18:51, “Papua New Guinea Mine Watch” wrote:

    > ramunickel posted: ” The National aka The Loggers Times | August 2, 2018 > East New Britain leaders want the abandoned Sinivit gold mine reopened. > Governor Nakikus Konga and Sinivit LLG president Boniface Gerep said this > during the launching of Sinivit road infrastructure” >

  2. Pingback: Landowners oppose Sinivit mine reopening | Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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