New Caledonia: Indigenous group blockades access to Inco's Goro nickel mine, concerned about impacts on their water supply

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20 April 2006

Response by Inco (part of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce): Indigenous group protests against Inco's Goro mine in New Caledonia - concerned about future impacts on water supply.

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20 April 2006

[DOC] Remarks by Inco President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Jones concerning recent events in Goro, New Caledonia

Author: Inco President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Jones

Goro...is already providing tremendous opportunities for local contractors and other businesses, of all sizes. Including small companies and owner-operators from the surrounding communities... [People in New Caledonia] were very disturbed by what happened ["vandalism" and blockades of access roads to Goro]. And they spoke out – government and community leaders of every political stripe, business people, contractors and employees, and average citizens -- on the local radio, in the press, and in public rallies. They condemned those responsible and they expressed support for Goro and its importance to New Caledonia... We’ve learned that the best security comes by building strong bonds of mutual trust and respect – and being perceived as a positive force in the community. For Goro Nickel, respect for the Melanesian community – for their culture and society – for their environmental concerns – are core values.

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19 April 2006

[DOC] New Caledonia Government press reelase

Author: Government of New Caledonia, translation provided by Inco

Current metallurgical projects in the North and the South constitute a unique opportunity to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs that the country needs. They also create wealth and bring economic and fiscal benefits. New Caledonia’s authorities are directly associated and partners of those projects. All Caledonian political parties and the State politically and financially support those large investments... Yet, Rheebu Nuu has chosen to sabotage the site, interrupt traffic and pressure people; and to definitely compromise this development which is so wanted by Caledonians.

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Author: République Française, Gouvernment de la Nouvelle Calédonie

Les projets métallurgiques actuels du Sud et du Nord constituent une opportunité unique de créer des milliers d’emplois directs et indirects dont le pays a besoin. Ils sont aussi créateurs de richesses, de retombées économiques et fiscales. Les collectivités de Nouvelle-Calédonie sont directement associées et partenaires de ces projets. Toutes les formations politiques calédoniennes ainsi que l’Etat soutiennent politiquement et financièrement ces lourds investissements... Or, l’action du comité Rheebu Nuu qui a décidé de privilégier le sabotage sur site, l’entrave à la circulation et les pressions sur les personnes, est de nature à compromettre définitivement ce développement voulu par tous les calédoniens.

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Article
18 April 2006

New clashes in New Caledonia

Author: Xinhua

There have been more clashes between French riot police and Rheebu Nuu Kanak activists, with 18 demonstrators reported arrested Tuesday morning. Radio New Zealand International said the local political party Kanak USTKE union has joined the campaign against the two-billion U.S. dollar nickel project at Goro [owned by Inco, Société de participation minière du Sud calédonien (SPMSC), Sumitomo Metal Mining (part of Sumitomo Group), Mitsui], saying it has to be made environmentally safe.

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Article
11 April 2006

[DOC] Yate: a march for Goro Nickel [New Caledonia]

Author: Les Nouvelles [New Caledonia], translation provided by Inco

Employees and subcontractors from Yate in favour of the Goro Nickel project marched yesterday morning from the community hall at Waho to the town hall, where they defended their work and demanded an intervention by the mayor... At Yate between the pro and the anti-Goro Nickel that are divided on views concerning the industrial project, but also politics, traditional powers and ancient land-based squabbles, the divisions between clans and even within families are painful and have created an atmosphere full of menace... Yesterday anyway, it was a question of peacefully defending the right to work. "This march is not against Rheebu Nuu, but for all those people who want to work", stated Felix Koroma.

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Article
9 April 2006

Development Protest: Goro delayed by blockade [New Caledonia] [subscription only]

Author: Canadian Mining Journal

The wave of indigenous protest over the development of the Goro nickel mine (69% owned by INCO LTD. of Toronto) came to a head earlier this week. Kanak chiefs and villagers blockaded all land access to the plant, power plant and mine site beginning on the evening of March 29. The Kanaks are concerned about protecting their fresh water supply in Yate Lake, which Inco plans to use for process water.

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Article
6 April 2006

[DOC] Raphael Mapou or the Ecological paradox [New Caledonia]

Author: Les Nouvelles [New Caledonia], translation provided by Inco

Whereas [Raphael Mapou's] supporters multiplied their actions and violently attacked the forces of law and order throughout Sunday, the emblematic leader of the Rheebu Nuu committee...[has] evaporated... The ecological leader is full of paradoxes. A declared enemy of the Goro Nickel project and the environmental risk linked to the plant’s production,...[Mr Mapou's] committee does not hesitate to burn tyres or, as was the case this weekend, to throw toxic materials into the Yate Lake. Finally, the leader of Rheebu Nuu has been noticeable by his absence during the last two environmental surveillance and committee meetings organised by the southern province to evaluate the ecological risk associated with the Goro Nickel project.

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Article
5 April 2006

[DOC] A “Nationwide Project”, not just a matter of the South Plant [New Caledonia]

Author: Les Nouvelles [New Caledonia], translation provided by Inco

Goro Nickel, the target of Rheebu Nuu committee animosity, is not just about “the South Plant”. Avenir Ensemble see it as a thoroughly "nationwide project" that concerns the whole country. New Caledonia government President Marie-Noëlle Thémereau pointed out in her remarks on Tuesday that all three Provinces hold a stake amounting to 10% in Goro Nickel capital and that “the whole country will enjoy the economic spin-offs from this project of unparalleled scope."... These two measures, she stated, were now being disputed by the Rheebu Nuu committee even though Raphaël Mapoui had been a member of the ruling Rassemble-FCCI majority when the measures were passed and had even held a “ministerial" post in the administration...[T]he President stressed on Tuesday that “these disturbances [by Rheebu Nuu] are compromising project progress and the country's economic development and tarnishing New Caledonia's image abroad.”

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Author: Le Figaro

De violents affrontements se sont produits ce week-end entre des manifestants et les forces de l'ordre autour du chantier de l'usine métallurgique Goro Nickel [de la société Inco], en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Les manifestants réclamaient une meilleure prise en compte des populations locales et des impacts environnementaux du projet métallurgique.

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