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Thursday, 22 February

00:54

Mining Policies Need To Be Reviewed: Minister "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Minister For Mining Johnson Tuke Says The Policies Governing The Mining Sector In Papua New Guinea Need To Be Revisited.

Matthew Vari | Post Courier | February 22, 2018

Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke says the policies governing the mining sector in Papua New Guinea need to be revisited.

He said much of the legislations governing the sector are still from the colonial era.

Mr Tuke said with the strong support from Prime Minister ONeill and government caucus he is determined to take stock of benefits to landowners that make changes for the country to have a greater share in its own wealth.

I think all our mining policies are more or less colonial. Are we still in the colonial times? We are moving forward, Mr Tuke said.

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00:48

Ok Tedi workers sacked for peaceful protest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mine group sacked

Shirley Mauludu | The National aka The Loggers Times | 22 February 2018

THE Ok Tedi Mining Ltd has sacked a group of employees who were staging a protest at the mine site on Tuesday, telling them in a letter that their action was illegal.
Some of employees, who arrived on a charter flight yesterday in Port Moresby, claimed there were 191 of them who were issued termination letters on Tuesday. They were told to leave the site on a charter flight yesterday.
Henry Kuso, a spokesman for those who arrived at Jackson Airport, in Port Moresby, yesterday, said the company arranged three charter flights yesterday out of Tabubil in Western.
Mining Minister Johnson Tuke was unable to comment when contacted yesterday.
Ok Tedi managing director Peter Graham could not be reached for comment yesterday. But he had confirmed with The National on Tuesday that the protest had not affected the company operations.
The industrial action was illegal since it did not follow the grievance process and was not supported by the union, he said.
Management is addressing the matter in accordance with company pol...

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Wednesday, 21 February

22:37

PNGs losses from Solwara 1 currently over K350 million "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Solwara 1 is chewing its way through PNG taxpayer funds at an alarming rate

In 2014, the State borrowed US$120 million [K375 million] from BSP to buy a 15% stake in the proposed Solwara 1 seabed mine.

Nautilus Minerals says US$113 million from the loan was paid to the company in December 2014.

It is not clear what has happened to the other US$7 million, the balance of the funds borrowed, but at the moment the governments investment in Solwara 1 is not looking like a very good bet.

While the States partner, Nautilus Minerals is on financial life support and haemorrhaging senior staff, the State has written down its investment by over K260 million.

The latest financial report from Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limit...

01:14

East Sepik governor dispatches police to arrest rogue miners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand | 21 February 2018

The Governor of Papua New Guineas East Sepik province has dispatched police to detain a company looking to mine without landowner approval.

Allan Bird, who was elected six months ago, said he was trying to improve the governance around resource extractive projects in his province.

He said his administration was ready to support landowners in any action they would like to take in protecting their traditional tribal land.

Two days ago we had a ship go up the Sepik river with all kinds of equipment to go and mine a gold mine somewhere up in Angoram, in a place called Keram LLG (Local Level Government area). The landowners came and complained.

Today I dispatched 15 police officers to actually go there and arrest these people and bring them to Wewak and we can figure out whats what.

Mr Bird said he checked with PNGs Mining Minister about the Keram mining concern who didnt know anything about it.

00:44

How the elite profit while a nation suffers their incompetence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Port Moresby, a city where the elite profit while the rest suffer the consequences of their incompetence

PNG Exposed | 19 February 2018

Imagine a company that is in debt, heavily in debt and still racking up more losses.

Imagine a company that in 2016 alone lost over K354 million.

Imagine a company where the total liabilities exceed the total assets by more than K218 million.

Imagine that this is a company set up by the government to manage a nations interests in its abundant mineral resources.

Now imagine no more and say hello to Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited, formerly Petromin PNG Holdings Limited.

The figures above are from Kumul Minerals Holdings latest Annual Return, which is for the 2016 financial year.

How could a company that, according to Statute, is supposed to be the commercial enterprise that participates in mineral exploration, development, production, processing and marketing activities,on behalf of the State be...

Tuesday, 20 February

20:48

SABL petition anniversary marks PNG's greatest ever scandal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

February 21st is the first anniversary of the presentation of a 10,000 signature petition to the Department of Lands demanding the cancellation of the SABL leases. 2018, also marks five-years since the SABL Commission of Inquiry exposed the full extent of the illegal land grab, which affects more than 10% of the whole country.

But despite repeated promises from the ONeill government to cancel the leases, stretching back to 2013, almost nothing has been done. 

ACT NOW! believes the governments response to the illegal SABL land grab is the greatest scandal this country has ever seen. 

Even the brave landowners who have struggled through the courts to have leases declared illegal, without any help or support from the government, or have stood up and defied the logging companies despite attacks from the police, still have foreign companies occupying their soil.

A list released two weeks ago by the Lands Department revealed that of 75 SABL leases examined in the Commission of Inquiry, only 10 have been cancelled and 5 of those were on the direction of the courts and four voluntarily surrendered.

Meanwhile, as the government delays get ever longer, most of the SABL files have disappeared from the Department of Lands.

Fifty thousand square kilometres of land, more than 10% of the entire nation given away illegally yet the government does almost nothing to undo the wrong and indeed is still allowing logging companies to plunder the forests.

With APEC leaders now preparing to visit PNG, the SABL land grab is a huge embarrassment for the nation.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights slammed the PNG government over its failure to protect its own citizens during his visit two-weeks ago, saying many communities have been forcibly evicted from their homes, often reportedly violently, with impunity and allegedly sometimes with the complicity of local police.

It seems the whole w...

00:07

Nautilus Minerals says it doesnt know very much at all "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

According to Nautilus Minerals, although it has successfully tested its mining machines in a giant puddle, there is an awful lot it does NOT know about its proposed Solwara 1, experimental seabed mine in Papua New Guinea.

Indeed, it is hard to find anything the company does know with any certainty.

Nautilus Minerals admits it does not know:

1. If its mining machines will work on the seafloor

Nautilus says there are risks relating to the performance of the Seafloor Production Tools include the risk of equipment failing to perform to design specifications when operated at the Solwara 1 Project, as the machines have not yet been tested at depths similar to depths present at the Solwara 1 Project.

2. If it can raise the money it needs to even start mining

The risks related...

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