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PNG [Papua New Guinea] villagers sue BHP, Ok Tedi miners

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton and the operators of the Ok Tedi copper mine in Papua New Guinea are being sued for civil damages exceeding $US4 billion ($A5.08 billion) by villagers on the Ok Tedi River... [Plaintiffs' lawyer Carmellus] Narokobi represents six Ningerum clans who are not signatory to the Community Mine Continuation Agreement between landowners and Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) [agreed following an earlier lawsuit in Australia]. [OTML is jointly owned by Inmet Mining, Govt of Papua New Guinea & PNG Sustainable Development Program]

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