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Solomon Islands: Locals successfully resist renewal of Australian miner's licences; co. appeals decision

A media report (linked below) cites the emergence of resistance to the renewal of Pacific Bauxite's licences to prospect and operate on Nende Island in the remote Temotu province of the Solomon Islands. It was alleged that there was inadequate consultation and a flawed licensing process when the initial prospecting licence was granted in 2016. 

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Pacific Bauxite to respond to these concerns. The company did not. 

Local communities were ultimately successful in opposing the renewal of the Australian miner's licences. The company has appealed the decision to rescind its prospecting licence.

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Article
12 June 2018

Pacific Bauxite: Appeal fights Solomons project cancellation

Author: Mining Business Media

6 June 2018

Pacific Bauxite will appeal to the Solomon Islands High Court against the cancellation of its 50%-owned prospecting licence over the Nendo bauxite project. The Australian-based explorer says the grounds for the "completely unexpected" decision, that it's not carried out sufficient prospecting or established amicable relations with the local communities, are factually incorrect. The appeal process is expected to take 6-12 months, while also seeking opportunities for an agreed settlement. Meanwhile, it has transferred personnel and equipment to its SW New Georgia bauxite project.

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Article
11 June 2018

Australian miner loses bauxite licence in Solomons

Author: Radio New Zealand

30 May 2018

An Australian company wanting to mine bauxite in Solomon Islands has had its exploration licence rescinded...the company had failed to establish amicable relations with the local communities in Nende...

[Refers to AU Capital Mining - Pacific Bauxite holds a 50% interest in Au Capital Mining, which owns the Nendo Bauxite project in the Solomon Islands]

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Company non-response
3 April 2018

Pacific Bauxite did not respond

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Pacific Bauxite to respond to concerns raised about the company’s activities on Nende Island in the Solomon Islands involving lack of adequate consultation and a flawed licensing process, giving rise to opposition from local landowners. The company did not respond. 

Article
26 March 2018

Tensions in Temotu as expiry of Aus miner's licenses loom

Author: Radio New Zealand

15 March 2018

Tensions are rising in Temotu as an Australian miner's licences to prospect and operate in the Solomon Islands' province approach their expiry date.

Pacific Bauxite secured a prospecting license in 2016 with the support of some local landowners and obtained a provincial business license, after a change in the local government, to begin working on Nende Island.

But it has met with stiff opposition from other landowning groups who accuse the company of operating illegally and are trying to take it to court...

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