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Environment Act queried by Lihir landowners


Gedion Timothy Lapan | The National aka The Loggers Times 

THE Londolovit community on Lihir Island, New Ireland, whose water reservoir supplies the operations of the gold mine there, has expressed disappointment over the Environment Act of 2000.

Community spokesperson Roselyn Arau said the provision in that law denied (them) the right to be paid for the use of their water. She said the laws recognised their water as “property of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea” and therefore payments for the use of their water were made to the State and not the traditional owners.

“In the case of Londolovit River where Lihir Gold Limited is extracting water under Environmental Permit WE – L3 (143), only K380, 160 is paid annually to the State at a permitted rate of 4400 cubic metre per hour or 38,544 cubic metre per year,” Arau said.

She said in the absence of a formal arrangement with the State, Londolovit completely missed out on payment for water use and queried where thee monies had been kept by the State since. Arau was reacting to findings in an environmental audit report on Londolovit River by an Australian consultant  which was commissioned by the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) between May-August this year.

It was claimed that CEPA among other Government departments and agencies were in receipt of a K113 million claim by Londolovit water resources owners for water extraction “over and above” permitted rates.

Last month, a Government delegation led by CEPA was on the island and presented the report to all stakeholders including landowners and LGL officials.

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Namosi landowners lay out their terms to government

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The Tikini o Namosi landowners have written to the Minister for Lands to reiterate they did not support or endorse the renewal of Prospecting Licence SPL 1420 – despite the claims of the Permanent Secretary and Minister.

The Licence is controlled by Newcrest Mining through its proxy NJV in which Mitsubishi and Nittetsu Mining also hold minority stakes,

The landowners say the government must now ensure a compensation agreement is in place before any exploration activity on their land.

They also say they will no longer deal with either the Namosi Provincial Office or the Newcrest mining Community Relations Office as both are unethical and unprofessional.

The landowners are also demanding all future meetings with the government or the mining company are held in the village so people can freely participate and express their concerns.



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Sam Basil becomes a mining convert despite social and environmental impacts

MP Sam Basil made his reputation opposing the environmental destruction caused by the Hidden Valley mine but now seems converted to a model of development that drives a bulldozer through PNG’s Constitutional goals and means inevitable suffering for rural people… Seems our leaders always get diverted by the smell of money!

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The district administration of Bulolo is venturing into mining by directly involving as a big player in the shareholding stakes.

The Bulolo District Development Authority has been granted two mining exploration licenses and is now holding talks to engage two overseas mining companies to partner it.

Bulolo MP and Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil, says they want to benefit more from their mineral resources and sees this as a good opportunity to maximize their benefits under the enabling powers of the authority to do business.

He says, Wau and Bulolo towns have not changed a decade on since the Hidden Valley mine began operation.
Mr. Basil says this is because its revenues are shared between the developer, the national and provincial governments, leaving the electorate with nothing.

Basil says being a mining area, his district government wants to exploit their own wealth by taking a bigger shareholder stake in the venture.

The two licenses covers exploration in Bulldog and Waria.


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Fiji: Namosi Landowners still seeking justice over police intimidation

The Tikina Namosi Landowners Committee (TNLC) have written again to the Fiji Police Commander seeking an investigation into the actions of Navua police officers who they accuse of victimization and intimidation over landowner opposition to mining exploration on their land…

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Fiji landowners complain of police intimidation over mining opposition

Namosi landowners have written to the Commissioner of Police detailing their complaints of harassment and intimidation by police officers because of their on-going opposition to mining exploration on their land…

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Fiji: Newcrest tries to defend operations in face of landowner opposition


NJV: Only Mineral Exploration And Technical Studies For Namosi Now

Rachna Lal | Fiji Sun

The Namosi Joint Venture has once again reiterated that no mining activities have begun for the proposed Namosi Mine.

Country manager, Greg Morris, has stated it will be undertaking mineral exploration and technical studies but not mining.

The company’s Special Prospecting Licence (SPL) 1420 has been renewed for the period April 1, 2015 until March 31, 2020 by the Government.

See also:
Fiji landowners reject mining
Ninety-two percent oppose mining exploration
Mineral Resource Department has no respect for landowners

Mr Morris confirmed they are also aware of some landowner objections to this renewed license.

But he said the SPL renewal went through a very thorough and comprehensive review process by the Government.

“We acknowledge the diligence of the Minister and Ministry officials in this process and that the majority of landowners within the SPL supported the SPL renewal,” he said.

Mr Morris further assured:

“NJV has in conjunction with the landowners completed all the rehabilitation work associated with past exploration activity which has been signed off by Government and Landowner representatives.”

Community contribution

Further to this, Mr Morris confirmed that over the past five years, the Namosi Joint Venture has used over $2.8 million as part of its community assistance programme in Namosi.

The company’s community programmes have included support for a variety of programmes in its host communities and surrounding villages in the order to $900,000.

It has also provided tertiary education assistance to 856 students to a value of $978,000.

As well as the company has made compensation payments of $960,000 to those Mataqali where they undertake exploration activities.

“Land owner and community consultation is a feature of our approach to date and this will continue,” Mr Morris said.

“Our commitment is to ensure that the landowners and local communities are fully-informed of our activities.

“Environmental management aspects are incorporated into all NJV activities and NJV will continue to take its environmental and community responsibilities seriously.”

The renewal

The Special Prospecting Licence renewal allows the Namosi Joint Venture to progress the Environmental and Social Impact assessment studies for the Waisoi Project.

Mr Morris said it allows them to undertake further mineral exploration within the Special Prospecting Licence area as well as ongoing community development programmes.

“The Waisoi Project is in the prefeasibility study stage and NJV is undertaking an extensive environmental and social impact assessment,” he said,

“No decision has been made to develop the project.

“Once completed, the environmental and social impact assessment will be presented to government.

“This is so that an informed assessment can be made as to the projects impacts and benefits and whether a mine at Waisoi can be built safely, economically and in an environmentally acceptable manner.”

Some General background:

The Namosi Joint Venture (NJV) is a group of three companies who have come together to explore for and potentially mine mineral resources in Namosi and Naitasiri Provinces.

  • NJV includes Newcrest (Fiji) Ltd (70%), Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (28%) and Nittetsu Mining Co. Ltd (2%). Newcrest is the operator and manager of the NJV.
  • NJV has been granted a Special Prospecting License (SPL 1420) by the Fiji Government to explore for minerals in the Namosi region, about 30kms west of Suva. The licence area is primarily in Namosi and Naitasiri Provinces.
  • In addition to exploration, NJV is studying whether a gold and copper mine could be developed at Waisoi in Namosi.
  • The Government has confirmed that under the Environmental Act 2005, the Waisoi Project requires an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to be undertaken to assess the potential impacts of a mine in the area.
  • The Waisoi Project ESIA is underway and is anticipated to be completed in late 2016.

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Fiji government tries to defend Namosi exploration

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No Grounds To Reject Licence, Says Ps For Mineral Resources 

Maika Bolatiki | Fiji Sun

The Namosi Joint Venture (NJV) was given an exploration licence because there were no grounds to reject its application, says Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Tevita Boseiwaqa.

He was yesterday reacting to the claim by the Tikina Namosi Landowners Committee (TNLC) that they were not consulted on the issue of the licence.

TNLC co-chair Agavito Koroimanono told the media that there was no consultation made and they wanted NJV to stop the exploration on their land.

“The Prime Minister had once stopped the exploration and now they are still continuing with the agreement of the Minister for Lands and Minerals by renewing the exploration licence SPL 1420,” Mr Koroimanono said.

He said they were never asked to give their consent, so their voices weren’t heard.

See also:

Fiji landowners reject mining

Ninety-two percent oppose mining exploration

Mineral Resource Department has no respect for landowners

Mr Boseiwaqa however said when NJV applied for the renewal of the licence they had to follow procedures before the approval was made.

The Ministry of Land and Mineral Resources officers led by the Deputy Permanent Secretary and the director of lands had visited the villages to hear from the landowners themselves and they had given their support.

“Their voices were heard.”

They then made their technical verification and also certified the support on the ground.

He said they concluded that NJV had fulfilled all the requirements needed and there was no ground for them to reject the application.

“All the landowners gave their support.”

However, Mr Koroimanono maintained they had been ignored and demanded NJV to stop the exploration. He said they would now seek a meeting with the Prime Minister as they represented the majority of the landowners.

They were totally against mining in Namosi and wanted another type of development carried out on their lands earmarked for mining exploration.

He said as of yesterday they had received no replies to all their correspondences in regard to the issue and this included the Prime Minister’s Office.

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