Papua New Guinea: Indigenous group opposes China Metallurgical's Ramu nickel mine in court - concern over impacts on livelihoods

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1 August 2011

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

Author: Liam Fox, Australia Network News

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...

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9 February 2011

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

Author: Cultural Survival

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.

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