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Papua New Guinea: Court orders Ok Tedi Mining to stop dumping mine waste & tailings into rivers, affecting local communities’ livelihoods

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26 January 2014

PNG court orders Ok Tedi to halt dumping waste

Author: Liam Cochrane, Australia Plus

Papua New Guinea's National Court has ordered the Ok Tedi mining company to stop dumping waste into a river, a move which would effectively shut the mine. Communities in the South Fly River area, 500 kilometres downstream from the mine, filed a writ claiming the dumping of waste and tailings into the nearby river system is illegal…"A lot of the wildlife and fish is gone and it's going to be a time bomb before, the people will die and float like fish,"[said local government president]…Justice Gibbs Salika has ordered $19 million of the money held in the accounts to be used for extensive research into the environmental and health impacts to the South Fly River and the Torres Strait…A spokeswoman for Ok Tedi said the company has no comment...

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24 January 2014

[PDF] Court order

Author: National Court of Justice at Waigani (Papua New Guinea)

[Full text of court order asking Oki Tedi Mining to restrain from dumping mine waste & tailings into rivers.]

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25 June 2013

Case profile: BHP lawsuit (re Papua New Guinea)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for lawsuit filed in Australia against BHP. Papua-New Guinean landowners alleged that BHP's operations at the Ok Tedi copper mine caused destruction of the surrounding environment and of their traditional lifestyle.]

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