Joan Bailey | Post Courier | June 24, 2016
LANDOWNERS from Kusi village in Waria local level government, Bulolo District have appealed to Pacific Niugini Minerals and MGL Limited to sort out the environmental damage caused to their environment.
Chairman Simon James and his assistant Sakixy Kabre told Post-Courier that the two companies started exploration drilling for minerals at their village in 2010. They said the exploration work progressed really well with the developers excited with the results where evidence of gold, copper and silver was discovered only seven metres deep into the earth and of high grade.
Pacific Niugini exploration licences around Bulolo
“Due to the fact that we lack government services, we offered our land that is rich in minerals to the developers to be extracted and bring in developments into our villages in order to increase our living standard,” Mr James said.
However, Mr James said they were shocked that the PNM and MGL Limited just left in 2014 without any proper explanation given or conversation held with landowners on their reasons to cease work. He said until now, they are still awaiting the response from the two explorers on the future plan of the Kusi prospect and also environmental damage caused.
Mr James outlined the environmental damage included deep trenches cut into the earth of two to three kilometres, several drill beds created, large surface clearance where forest are cleared chasing away all forest habitat, landslides, destruction of kawiwi (betelnut) plantation, bringing water supply from the mountains to their campsite doesn’t have a proper drain and it flows free so its continuous flowing runs into food gardens causing soil erosion.
Mr James appealed to PNM and MGL Limited to immediately consult the Kusi prospecting area landowners and solve the issue with them.
Another example of foreign companies playing roulette with PNG land and resources with no involvement for local people or government authorities…
Pacific Niugini is in preliminary discussions and has signed a confidentiality agreement regarding the potential acquisition of an exploration tenement in Papua New Guinea.
This is located near its existing Garaina gold-copper-molybdenum project and if acquired would complement its existing projects in the country.
The company intends to review available data relating to the tenement in connection with deciding whether to make an offer to acquire the tenement.
Garaina is located 150 kilometres southeast of the Hidden Valley Mine and Wau Town.
Pacific Niugini continues to return high-grade gold assays from Kusi, within its Garaina copper-gold project in Papua New Guinea.
Drilling intersected intensely altered porphyry-style mineralisation with assays up to 35 metres at 3.04 grams per tonne gold from 136 metres, with 4 metres at 18.75 grams per tonne.
Significantly, these high-grade results were part of a much broader intersection which returned 106 metres at 1.32 grams per tonne from 109 metres.
And the results are from a depth extension hole that previously intersected 20 metres at 2.89 grams per tonne from 107 metres, with 2 metres of core loss.
This brings the total intercept to 126 metres of continuous gold mineralisation.
Visual chalcopyrite and covellite was observed in quartz-monzodiorite porphyry dykes and potassic altered wall rocks, indicating the presence of a copper-fertile porphyry system.
Mineralisation and alteration is very similar in both holes, but with more intense potassic alteration and increased porphyry style veining present in the extension, suggesting the new hole is closer to the primary source.
Pacific Niugini has only received multi element results to 264 metres depth from a total hole length of 460 metres, and molybdenum assays remained strong at this junction.
The project is in joint venture with MGL Limited, whereby MGL can earn up to a 70% interest by spending $21 million on exploration.