State of Emergency for PNG's Porgera gold mine

Author: Campbell Cooney, ABC Radio Australia, Published on: 30 April 2014

A State of Emergency will come into effect this Friday, in an area around the Porgera Gold Mine [joint venture Barrick Gold & Mineral Resources Enga] in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province, in an attempt to try and stop illegal mining. Five people were killed on the minesite late last year, while attempting to forage specks of gold - and in the months since, there have been a number of confrontations between illegal miners and local police...The mine's operator Barrick Gold says it has been made aware of the PNG government's decision, and that the situation involving illegal miners in the Porgera Mine open-pit area puts the health and safety of its personnel, contractors and members of nearby communities at serious risk.

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Related companies: Barrick Gold Porgera (joint venture Barrick Gold & Mineral Resources Enga)