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PNG court orders Ok Tedi to halt dumping waste

Author: Liam Cochrane, Australia Network News, Published on: 27 January 2014

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...filed a writ claiming the dumping of waste and tailings into the nearby river system is illegal. Local government president Benjes Kudi Alusi says pollution has hurt his constituents…”There are so many of our women giving birth to deformed babies in Daru Hospital and this may be part of the effects from the damages of the mine,"…[another local government leader] said. Since the 1980s, the Ok Tedi gold and copper mine created billions of dollars of revenue for Australian company BHP, but waste dumped into the river system caused widespread damage. BHP handed over its majority share to a local trust in 2001 in return for legal immunity…

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Related companies: BHP Billiton Ok Tedi Mining