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Papua New Guinea: Landowner group calls on government to reject renewal of licence for Canadian mining company, Barrick

Author: Radio New Zealand, Published on: 8 November 2019

“Porgera landowners call on PNG govt to reject Barrick”, 4 November 2019.

Landowners in Papua New Guinea's Enga province have pressed the government not to renew a license for a Canadian miner. Barrick Gold Ltd,…co-operator of Enga's Porgera gold mine with China's Zijin Mining Group, is pushing to renew its contract for another 20 years. Negotiations are ongoing,…PNG's government [saying] it was seeking a greater share in the mine.

[L]andowners continue to complain about lack of compensation for environmental damage caused by the mine over almost thirty years of operation…chairman of the Porgera Landowners Group, Nixon Mangape, told EMTV that promised benefits from the mine were never forthcoming…“Barrick's license has expired and the company should be ready to exit…No negotiation."

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Related companies: Barrick (Niugini) Limited