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Yama Wants Ramu Mine Shut Down

Post Courier | September 2, 2019

Madang Governor Peter Yama wants the Ramu nickel mine closed, a report tabled, review done and funds owing to the Madang provincial government paid before it starts operating again.

An irate Mr Yama held a press conference last Friday asking why Ramu nickel-cobalt mine was exporting K27 billion yearly and yet nothing has been paid to the provincial government.

He urged Prime Minister James Marape to be serious about Ramu with no more delays. He also said other provinces with mines have received royalties and payments, but for Madang – nothing.

“Prime Minister, I am in great distress, I am angry with a righteous anger because there is great injustice done to the province of Madang, and as the Governor of Madang I am very jealous, yes, envious of my two close friends, Governor of Enga and Governor Of New Ireland,” he said.

“When I visit my friends, they always boast of what mining has contributed to their provinces.

“In Enga, mining has given them the IPI group, a company that is worth more than a billion kina. They have a Children’s Future Fund and they have infrastructure devel-opment as a result of the mining operations,” he said.

“So, I turn to my friend, Governor of New IreIand, and he tells me that he started a pension scheme, that because of the mine, the Lihirians own the Anitua group worth over a biliion. They aiso have MRL Capital, again worh over a billion kina….

“And then there is Western Province with the Ok Tedi Mine. They have an environmental disaster happening, but at least they have PNGSDP worth neariy US$2 billion. They also have part ownership of the Ok Tedi Mine. In addition, they are fighting over K500 million in ANZ.

“What I wouldn’t give for an opportunity to fight over K500 million.

“And the conversation turns to me…How many billions did you get from the mining operations in Madang, Governor? What can I say???…

“I have RDF worth three bags of kaukau which I can’t sell. And I have an environmental disaster waiting to happen that could devastate our tuna industry worth billions, kill my people, damage the Ramu valley, destroy my Madang coastal development program, and destroy our economy for many decades to come, affecting not just my province but the Momase region and Bismarck Sea as well,” Mr Yama said.

“And yes…. we have K27 billion worth of export from the mining operations, but alas, we are getting nothing from it since it doesn’t belong to us.

That’s what I have from the mining operation in my province. Last year, an MOU was signed with MCC on the continuation and expansion of the Ramu nico operations without consulting with my government.

“I consider it an insult as my people in my province are the ones who will pay for any mining disaster or damages caused to the environment. It is our home and our lives will be affected, so we must be adequately compensated and consulted and not be ignored.”

Mr Yama also said CEPA failed to protect the environment, allowing the operators to dump toxic waste directly into the environment.

“Prime Minister, for the sake of my people and the future generations of Madang, we will have no option but to close the mine.”

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Alluvial mine project seeks partnership

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Cedric Patjole | PNG Loop | January 2, 2016

A joint venture partnership is needed to kick start an alluvial mining project with huge potential in mineral deposits and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) reserves.

Situated in Madang Province, the Alluvial (Merchanized) Mining Project is located in the Middle Ramu District covering roughly 2,230 square kilometres.

According to the Investment Promotion Authority’s (IPA) e-opportunity newsletter, ­the project is being promoted by Ramu Resources Development Limited, a registered company representing 12 landowner clans within the project area. 

[Editors Note: Although the company MIGHT ‘represent’ the 12 clans as claimed, according to company records RRDL has just two directors, Benny Limbe and Benny Kom, who are also the only shareholders – Ramu Resources Development extract]

The company seeks a joint venture partnership to take the Alluvial (Merchanized) Mining Project off the ground.

Mineral explorations undertaken within the Exploration Lease (EL) area in 2010 and 2013 indicate gold to be the major resource tenement,

There are also significant deposits of copper and nickel, and silver, platinum and cobalt.

The area is also predicted to contain a significant amount of LNG reserves.

K2.2 million is needed to kick start the project with K200,000 towards initial exploration and K2 million to facilitate a two-year term exploration with intent to set up alluvial merchanize mining.

Landowners in the area have also agreed to selective logging of various hardwood trees including New Guinea Rosewood, Kwila and Taun being the main species.

Interested individuals or companies are to contact Benny Limbe or Kamis Yalakun for further information. They can be reached on email bennylimbe@gmail. com or Kamis Yalakun (Acting Manager – Investment Promotion Unit, IPA, Tel: 308 4531 and email kyalakun@ipa.gov.pg.

The potential development of the Ramu Alluvial (Merchanized) Mining Project joins the current operation  of the Ramu Nickle and Cobalt mine in Madang.

The mineral deposits and gas reserves found in the Middle Ramu District are located within the New Guinea Thrust Belt.

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We chased you out! No coal mining

Landowners stand up for their land in an attempt to spread the word that coal and any kind of mining, regardless of the governments commitment to foreign investment, is not welcomed on their (the people’s) customary owned land.

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A new year, 2015, is here, and the Tangu People of the Joseph Stall area in the Bogia District of Madang Province say they are and will be more alert then ever before. They have customarily made a traditional taboo and set it on their land, as a sign and message to foreigners and those wishing to trespass on their land for coal and any form of mining and theft.

Tangu, Bogia District, Madang_0Men, women young and old, youths and children all gathered and performed the ceremony where soil/earth was spread on the ground, a piece of coal was put on the earth, ‘tanget’ leaves were laid on the coal and a mini bow and arrow was laid on it all.

According to the elders, the coal is nothing without the earth because it is part of the earth and should never be taken out or even moved. They said any movement, especially forced movements like mining will cause an irreversible disturbance to nature.

The ‘tanget’ leaves, commonly used in most PNG traditions, are used to symbolize the values of their traditions and beliefs in conjunction with nature. The mini bow and arrow laid on everything else represents a weapon, used to symbolize the duty of everyone in the village, who are now more than ever, ready to protect their land by all means.

This is after word about coal mining to happen in their area went around this year without their consent. This talk is not new to them as they have physically chased out a foreigner and two Papua New Guineans in December last year (2013), trespassing’ into their area in the name of coal exploration.

When asked by the people why they (people) weren’t notified of their (trespassers’) coming, the trespassers said its simply because they are developers, a ‘white man’, and two ‘geologists’ with the East Sepik Province’s Frieda Mine, bringing development to them (Tangu people).

There was a sense of anger in the air when the word ‘mining’ was defined, and it was clear these people do not want anything of the sort to be happening on their land, to them and their future.

The very vocal women said they do not want their children to become part of those ‘street children’, because that’s what mining will do to their children if they don’t stop the miners from destroying their land. They said even if this ‘little group of parliamentarians in Port Moresby’ had a perfect plan and a place ready for them to relocate, they will not move because Tangu is the right place for them and their children to grow up and enjoy their lives in.

The men explained that there’s no individualism. Though everyone has their portion of the land, it is basically areas allocated to them each to protect, for the good of everyone.

Youths on the other hand are making a strong call out to the government, from the Mining Minister Byron Chan to the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil who are likely to have sold us (Papua New Guineans) at the recent Sydney Mining Conference, to not forget where they got their mandated power from.

The village elders explained that they’ve heard of the terrible mining effects of the MCC Ramu Nickel Mine in the province (Madang) as well as those from other provinces, and knew that the thieves will eventually come their way. “That’s why we alerted everyone, took precaution measures and caught the first invaders and sent them away, and now they want to come back? Who do they think they are to keep coming back against our wishes?” they remarked.

The village elders, the youths, the men and the women all described their concerns in different manners, but all come down to one thing. ‘Land is life, and mining of any kind whether it be coal, nickel, gold or copper is still destruction to their land, their life’.

 

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