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9 Feb 2011

Cultural Survival

Papua New Guinea Campaign Update – Trial Begins; Will Decide Whether Mine Waste Can Be Dumped into the Sea

February 7 was the opening day of a trial that will determine whether a Chinese mining company can dump waste from its Ramu nickel mine and refinery [joint venture Highlands Pacific, Mineral Resources Development (Papua New Guinea state-owned company), MCC-JJJ Mining (jointly owned by China Metallurgical [MCC], Jiuquan Iron & Steel, Jilin Jien Nickel, Jinchuan Group)] into the Bismarck Sea. Plaintiffs in the case are Indigenous residents of coastal communities whose lives and livelihoods depend on the sea. They base their case on laws that guarantee their rights as landowners and provide protections for Papua New Guinea’s marine resources.