International Environmentalist to Conduct Assessment on PNG’s Porgera Gold Mine

Mining pollution turns Papua New Guinea’s Pongema River red. Photo: Red Water report

Where has the Department of Conservation (now CEPA) been for the last twenty-five years? Has it ever assessed the environmental damage caused by Barrick Gold?

Papua New Guinea Today | August 22, 2019

Papua New Guinea will engage an International Environmentalist to assess environmental damages done to local communities around the Porgera mine site in the Enga Province.

Grievances on Environmental damage is one of the many issues raised by landowners.

Papua New Guinea Mining Minister Johnson Tuke said they will take on board an accredited Environmentalist to study the impact of damage.

Minister Tuke said this is one of the serious legacies that must be seriously looked into as the damage has affected many communities.

Early this month, Barrick Gold Corporation President and Chief Executive Mark Bristow said K800, 000, for compensation for environmental damage was paid to a landowner group but stuck because of disputes between members of the same clan.

Mineral Resources Authority Managing Director Jerry Garry said the issue and others must be addressed and not dragged into the new life of the mine.

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