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1 Aug 2011

Liam Fox, Australia Network News

PNG [Papua New Guinea] landowners win reprieve in nickel mine legal battle

Landowners in Papua New Guinea have secured another injunction preventing a mine from dumping millions of tonnes of waste into the sea…[L]ast week…the landowners, from Madang…lost a…legal battle to prevent the Ramu nickel mine from dumping tailings into Astrolabe Bay. The National Court rejected their bid for a permanent ban despite finding the dumping was likely to cause serious environmental harm. But the landowners appealed to the Supreme Court and, with the consent of the mine, have secured another temporary injunction. Their lawyer…says the National Court's ruling was unreasonable. "Substantial damage is going to occur and that needs to be prevented," she said. The injunction will stay in place until the matter returns to the Supreme Court...