Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister supports a regional moratorium on seabed mining while 'informed decisional research' is unavailable

Author: Matthew Vari, Post Courier, Published on: 23 August 2019

"Marape Backs Moratorium, Leans Towards Ban On Experimental Seabed Mining", 15 August 2019

Prime Minister James Marape has indicated he will support a proposed regional moratorium on seabed mining, however, could not go as far as to say a ban outright would be needed.

...Marape responded when asked in relation to Fiji's stance on the matter, that he would support the move, making specific reference to what he described the Nautilus Solwara 1 project as "a total failure".

..."Until that deep sea mining technology is environmentally sound and takes care of our environment at the same time we mine it, then at this point in time, I support the call made by the Fijian Prime Minister, we just need to have the best technology available," Mr Marape sternly said.

When asked if it could go as far as supporting a ban, the Prime Minister left this option out adding just as the moratorium aims to prove the viability- that process will prove "on a case by case basis going into the future".

"If there is an opportunity for deep sea mining, so long as environmentally it is friendly and the harvest of resource is done in a sustainable manner then we can give considerations to this, but right now it is a show.

"We don't have the luxury of that informed decisional research.

"This is because that technology is not proven anywhere and PNG we burnt almost K300 million in that Nautilus (Solwara) 1 project on a concept that someone told us it can work, but it is a concept that is a total failure as I speak," the PM said....

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