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Thursday, 26 April


The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: April 11 - 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between April 11 and 17, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ambae, Vanuatu | Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Sinabung, Indonesia. Ongoing...... Read more

14 killed after severe floods hit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Heavy rains that hit Tanzania over the past couple of days caused buildings to collapse and widespread flooding in Dar es Salaam, a major city and commercial port on Tanzanias Indian Ocean coast. A statement released by Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA)...... Read more

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Thursday, 19 April


Lawyer gave his life to protest over climate pollution "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

As a metaphor for the destruction of the planet, David Buckel doused himself in fossil fuel before starting a fire. He hoped his macabre death would lead to increased action on climate change.

Here is a hope that giving a life might bring some attention to the need for expanded actions, and help others give a voice to our home, and Earth is heard. ()

Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves. ()

Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. Our present grows more desperate, our future needs more than what weve been doing.
~ Excerpts from David Buckels protest suicide note

Climate change is killing people. And not always in the ways you maybe had imagined it would happen.

Why didnt I take the issue more seriously? Why didnt I talk with my children about it? Why didnt I help them with finding solutions?

You may start asking yourself that kind of questions if one morning you are woken up by Police knocking on your door to inform you that your daughter has killed herself as a way to call for increased action on climate change.

I say that because in the city where I live, residents generally...


Samar Exits MRA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | April 17, 2018

Mineral Resources Authoritys (MRA) managing director (MD) Philip Samars term in office has expired since April 9.
Mr Samar served as the managing director for four years since his permanent appointment as MD from 2014-2017.
He was appointed acting MD for the MRA in 2012, a post he held until 2014 when he was made permanent.
The outgoing managing director also took the opportunity to thank the Prime Minister Peter ONeill and the government for the opportunity given to lead the MRA in the last six years since 2012.
Mr Samar thanked the Prime Minister for his confidence in appointing him to be head of the statutory authority responsible for regulating the exploration and mining sector in PNG. The last six years have been the highlight of his career over the last 21 years as a public servant.
I am privileged to serve the government, the people of Papua New Guinea especially the mining project stakeholders and the exploration and mining industry.
I am satisfied I have done my part in nation building through managing the MRA and servicing the mining industry. Since the MRAs establishment in 2007, the statutory authority has performed well in regulating and promoting Papua New Guineas mineral sector, he said.
Mr Samar said for the last 10 years, the mining industry has been t...


Ok Tedi Mine Landowners Get Share Certificates "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | April 17, 2018

The people of Western Province finally own 33 percent of the giant Ok Tedi Copper Mine following the handover of equity share certificates by Ok Tedi Mining Limited Board Chairman Sir Moi Avei to Governor Taboi Awi Yoto yesterday in Kiunga.

OTML is now a third owned by the people of Western Province, Sir Moi told a large gathering of locals and invited guests in front of the grand Cassowary hotel.

We have heard so much about this 33 percent. Is it every going to happen? The board in its wisdom made a decision that the only way to move this share transfer is loan MRDC K30million to pay for the stamp duty. Governor the stamp duty has been paid. OTML is now one third owned by the people of Western Province, Sir Moi Avei told the excited crowds.

He also said this ensures that politics cannot interfere now because they own more than thirty percent of the min...

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Wednesday, 18 April


Great Barrier Reef at unprecedented risk of collapse after major bleaching event "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The record-breaking marine heatwave in 2016 across the Great Barrier Reef has left much of the coral ecosystem at an unprecedented risk of collapse, research shows.

A new study published in Nature finds that the surge in sea temperatures during the 2016 bleaching event led to an immediate and long-lasting die-off of coral.

This, in turn, led to vast swathes of the reef being transformed into highly altered, degraded systems, which are now vulnerable to total ecological collapse, the authors conclude.

The large-scale loss of coral is a harbinger of further radical shifts in the condition and dynamics of all ecosystems, they add, if global action on climate change fails to limit warming to 1.5-2C above the pre-industrial baseline.

Turning white

The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef, stretching 2,300km from Papua New Guinea to the coast of Queensland, Australia. Over the past two decades, the Great Barrier Reef has seen four mass bleaching events, most recently in 2016 and 2017.

Coral bleaching is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to high sea temperatures. Under continued heat stress, the corals expel the tiny colourful algae living in their tissues known as zooxanthellae leaving behind a stark white skeleton.

The algae provide the corals with energy through photosynthesis. Without them, the corals can slowly starve. Healthy corals can live from two to several hundred years.

The mass bleaching event of 2016, which took place in the summer months of February, March and April, was the most devastating on record, affecting 94% of reefs surveyed...


Campaign Launch: Photo Diary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

ACT NOW! launched its new camapign, titled 'Celebrating and Defending Customary Land', on April 17 in Port Moresby.

More than 30 people attended the launch event, including representatives from ten different media outlets and various civil society groups.

Camera crews set up their recording equipment

The lights were dimmed for the first screening of the new television advert

Eddie Tanago explained why customary land must be celebrated and defended

Every word was recorded by the TV crews

Campaign publications were popular with the media and other guests

Eddie Tanago answered questions from the audience.

All set! Oselle Tamanabae ready to greet the first arrivals

Paul Barker from the Institute of National Affairs in discussion with Eddie Tanago



Harvard Environmental Law Review Calls For Precautionary Approach to Seabed Mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Harvard Environmental Law Review Calls For Precautionary New Legal Standards

Post Courier | April 17, 2018

Today, the Harvard Environmental Law Review published an article entitled, Broadening Common Heritage: Addressing Gaps in the Deep Sea Mining Regulatory Regime. The article provides a new perspective on the incipient global industry of seabed mining, heralded as the next extractive frontier despite growing concerns and opposition from civil society, scientific experts, and indigenous groups worldwide.

Deep sea mining has been framed by proponents as a lucrative mineral windfall with minimal impacts, says author Julie Hunter, attorney and Clinic Fellow at the University of British Columbia. This narrative entirely disregards recent scientific information linking the deep seabed with major climate regulation and biodiversity functions. Destroying these ecosystems before more can be learned about them not only risks major health a...

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Tuesday, 17 April


Enzyme which can digest most commonly polluting plastics discovered "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Enzyme which can digest most commonly polluting plastics discovered

brendan 17th April 2018
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Dog Abandoned In Parking Lot Is So Grateful To The Woman Who Saved Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Someone spotted the pit bull in a lot near a busy road in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was all alone, and hed been sitting in front of a chain-link fence for at least an hour. Most likely, someone had dumped him there.

Last Thursday, Janine Guido, founder and president of Speranza Animal Rescue, received a phone call about the pit bull along with a photo and she immediately leapt into her car to get him.

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

Every time you get called in for a stray, your adrenaline is pumping and youre not sure if theyre going to run off or anything, Guido told The Dodo.

When Guido arrived at the site, animal control was already there, and the officer (whom Guido is on friendly terms with) had caught the dog and put him in his truck.

I went up to Fred [the officer] and I said, How is he? Guido said. He was like, He was growling and snapping a bit. I had to catch pole him. I said, OK. Can I see him?

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

The officer obliged and opened the back of his truck, revealing a trembling pit bull.

I see this poor little dog, Guido said. He was cowered down with the saddest look in his eyes. I looked at his tail, and it was tucked so tight. He was terrified.

The dog, whom Guido named Vincent, also had cropped ears, and whoever had done it had removed most of the dogs ears.



Taranaki iron sand seabed mining consent reduced Mori interest to lip service, court told "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Ngati Ruanui iwi went to Parliament to voice its protest against the Trans-Tasman Resources plans to mine iron sand off the Taranaki coast. (File photo: Monique Ford)

Stuff | April 16 2018

Mori interests were not properly considered in the decision to allow iron sand seabed mining off Taranaki, a court has been told.

They went to the High Court at Wellington on Monday seeking to overturn environmental permission for the project.

A lawyer for Mori and fishing interests, Francis Cooke, QC, said as far as they were aware this was a world first for deep sea iron sand mining to be allowed to be undertaken.


Mining interests stalling SA plans to protect more of the ocean "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Ocean scientists say Marine Protected Areas not only protect fish from over-exploitation, but can also help to slow the effects of climate change. Photo: Steve Benjamin

A global ocean protection group has expressed concern that plans to fast-track the expansion of Marine Protected Areas off the South African coast appear to have stalled. 

Tony Carnie |  Daily Maverick | 16 April 2018

Plans to enlarge South Africas protected ocean reserve network have come to a halt, allegedly due to pressure from the oil, gas and extractive mining sector.

This is the claim from Ocean Unite, a Washington DC based global ocean protection group headed by former University of Cape Town international environmental law graduate Karen Sack.

Sack, co-author of a 2013 scientific report which urged the United Nations to establish a new Department for Oceans and a new Interpol-style navy to police the high seas, has voiced disappointment that plans to fast-track the expansion of Marine Protected...


Kiwis Against Seabed Mining promises to take case to Supreme Court if necessary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

KASM chairwoman Cindy Baxter says the previous governments support for the iron sands project was very clear to the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo: Pullar-Strecker

Tom Pullar-Strecker | Stuff | April 16 2018

One of the lobby groups fighting a decision to approve iron sands mining off the Taranaki coast says it is prepared to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August approved an application by miner Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) to dredge a billion tonnes of iron sands from the South Taranaki Bight, in a split decision that swung on committee chairman Alick Shaws casting vote.

A total of 11 groups with environmental, fishing and Maori interests are appealing the decision at the High Court in Wellington. They are concerned about issues such as the plume from waste material that will be returned to the seabed.

Some have also warned the project would set a precedent for seabed mi...


Bougainville president elaborates on No to mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand | 17 April 2018

The President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville has elaborated on why his government is saying no to mining at Panguna for the foreseable future.

Panguna was the site of the Bougainville Copper Ltd mine which was at the crux of the ten year long civil war.

In recent years there has been a push to have it re-opened to help drive the Bougainville economy forward.

Two companies, Bougainville Copper Ltd and RTG have been battling for the rights to mine Panguna but last week the government announced an indefinite moratorium on mining there.

Don Wiseman asked Bougainville President John Momis why they had taken such action.

JOHN MOMIS: Because landowners themselves are split. One faction supporting another company in developing the mine and another faction supports another company. So we dont want to cause a split amongst the landowners because we have a referendum coming. We want to make sure we unite our people.

DON WISEMAN: Yes, althoug...


Amendments Made To Ok Tedi Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | April 16, 2018

PARLIAMENT has made amendments to the Ok Tedi Agreement to allow the company access to US$35 million (K116m) to sustain its operations and growth.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill, who introduced the Ok Tedi Continuation, Ninth Supplemental Agreement Act in Parliament last week, said Ok Tedi Mine Limited is obliged to establish a reserve account to be kept in US dollars in an account approved by the company and the State.

He said to meet that purpose a fund (referred to as the financial assurance fund, or FAF, was established. The sole purpose of the FAF is to ensure funds are set aside to meet the mine closure obligations.

On a regular basis (every four years from the time it was first done in 2009), Ok Tedi Mining Limited reviews the mine closure liability, with such review being independently audited, and submitted to the MRA and CEPA for approval, Mr ONeill said

He said the most recent review and audit was completed in 2017 with the approved mine closure estimate bei...

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Monday, 16 April


Campaign Launch: Celebrating and Defending Customary Land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

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ACT NOW! is today launching a new multi-media campaign 'Celebrating and Defending Customary Land.

Why? Well, customary land is the most valuable and important asset available to most Papua New Guineans but its critical role is often misunderstood or misrepresented, particularly by outsiders.

Too few people realise customary land supports an economy estimated to be worth K40 billion a year, provides jobs and incomes for 3 million farmers and provides housing and a sense of community for more than 7 million people.

Papua New Guineas Real Economy - Factsheet

Many outsiders and local elites like to describe customary land as idle, undeveloped and a barrier to development

Customary Land Lies - Brochure 

But exactly the opposite is true:

Customary land is the only resource on which we can build a sustainable future that benefits the majority of the population rather than just a tiny minority.

But if we are to realise this opportunity people must be empowered to defend their customary land and must not to fall victim to the false promises of those who want to take it away from them.

This is particularly important as we struggle to cope with our population explosion, which will see numbers almost double by 2050, and food security becomes even more of a pressing global issue.

PNGs Population Explosion - Infographic and Poster

Already some countries are looking to acquire customary land in Papua New Guinea to feed their own people while the threats from the foreign owned logging and oil palm industries are ever present. Adding to these pressures are the international banks who want people to use their customary land as security for loans and a government which continues to push its dangerous land regist...


Strange Iodine 131 Findings In Fukushima Prefecture "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Where: Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture When: January 2017 to February 2018 This was brought to our attention that some unusual



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Barrick Calls For State Intervention in Porgera "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Women search for gold downstream from the Porgera mine

After more than 25 years of mining by international companies, local people are still waiting to see the promised development benefits. They are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate

Post Courier | April 16, 2018

Barrick (Niugini) Limited , operator of the Porgera Mine in Enga, reported that operations in the Porgera open pit were temporarily suspended last week after a violent confrontation broke out between groups of illegal miners.

The company reported that mining operations in the open pit were suspended at around midnight, after two large groups of aggressive illegal miners, including some armed with firearms, began a violent confrontation near the stage 5C area of the open pit mine.

The fighting between the groups continued until about 2:...


NZ EPA seabed mining court case a fight for the future "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Scoop NZ | April 15, 2018

The future of the South Taranaki Bight lies in the hands of the High Court next week, which will hear appeals against the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision to grant a marine consent to Trans-Tasman Resources bid to dig up the seabed for its iron ore.

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM), with Greenpeace, is appealing the decision, alongside six other appellants.

The EPA decision was released in August 2017, a year after Trans-Tasman Resources submitted its application to dig up 50 million tonnes of the seabed a year in a 66 square kilometre section of the South Taranaki Bight for 35 years. A total of 95% will be discharged, resulting in a large sediment plume, to get five million tonnes a year of iron ore. Of the 13,733 submissions (a record) received by the EPA, all but 147 one percent were either opposed to the consent or neutral.

This is a fight for the future of our precious oceans, said KASM chair Cindy Baxter. The outcome of this case will set a precedent for a numb...


Te Khui o Rauru to appeal seabed mining in NZ High Court "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed.

Tema Hemi | Maori Television | 15 April 2018

West Coast Taranaki has been the interest of mining companies for decades. But local iwi Ngaa Rauru is making a final stand to stop mining along their coastline. 

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed. 

The mining operation involves the excavation of 50 million tonnes of seabed per year for 35 years over an area of 65 square kilometres, down to 11 metres deep. 

CEO of Te Khui o Rauru, Anne-Marie Broughton, says, We want a moratorium on seabed mining because the...


Cheerleader for Rio Tinto and BCL elected to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A delighted Sam Akoitai (in red tie) outside the National Court yesterday after winning back his Central Bougainville seat in the National Parliament. Photo: Sally Pokiton/Loop PNG

Akoitai is regarded as a cheerleader for Rio Tinto and Bougainville Copper Limited, having worked for the company for eight years. He also fought against the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) during the regions 10-year civil war.

ONeill government suffers first election court rebuff in Bougainville

Pacific Media Centre | April 14, 2018

Bougainville Affairs Minister Fr Simon Dumarinu has been ousted by four votes as the first casualty of the Peter ONeill government in Papua New Guinea after last years general  election, reports Loo...

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Sunday, 15 April


Mine Refutes Slime Spillage Claims "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Nirmala Devi, 58, at her home in the Toko area in Tavua on April 13th. Behind her is mud residents claim is mixed with slime. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Waisea Nasokia | Fiji Sun | April 15, 2018

The Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited (VGML) says its activities and operations pose no direct threat to its surroundings and residents in the area.

VGML made the comment after reports that the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources was investigating  claims that the Nasivi River in Vatukoula may have been contaminated by what has been described as toxic slime, which overflowed into the river at the height of Tropical Cyclone Keni.

Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited Corporate Services Manager and Senior Adviser to the General Manager Dinny Laufenboeck said the torrential ra...

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Saturday, 14 April


Ape Only Walks Upright After Spending 9 Years Stuck In This Cage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Its been more than two decades since Poco the chimpanzee was rescued but anyone who visits Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, where Poco now lives, is reminded of where he came from. Poco spent nine horribly long years locked inside a tiny cage, which is now displayed on the sanctuary grounds.

Pocos cage used to be suspended from a shop roof in Bujumbura, Burundi. He was kept there to attract customers, who would buy bananas and other snacks to feed him. While no one really knows how the shop owner got Poco in the first place, rescuers believe he was stolen from the wild when he was 3 years old.

Credit: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Poco was never let out of his metal prison, which forced him to live standing in an upright position. Not only would this have been uncomfortable, but its unnatural for a chimp to stand like this. Poco was also exposed to the sun and wind and rain.

In the early 1990s, things finally changed for Poco. Authorities managed to confiscate him from the shop owners, and transferred him to a rescue center run by the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Burundi. After spending two years being rehabilitated at the JGI center, civil war broke out in Burundi and Poco was transferred to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Kenya, which is run by Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Credit: Glyn Edmunds/Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Pocos time at the JGI rescue center had helped him move forward, but he still had a lot of emotional healing left to do when he arrived at Sweetwaters.

When he got to Ol Pejeta it was emotional to see him still traumatized by hearing human voices, Roxanne Mungai, communications and marketing administrator for Ol Pejeta Conservancy, told The Dodo.

But with time, Poco blossomed into a hap...


Abandoned Dog Was Trying To Keep Warm In A Cardboard Box "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Not so long ago, a homeless dog in Pennsylvania had absolutely no one who cared about her. 

She was wandering the streets, trying to find any hiding spot where she could keep warm. And that's when Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, spotted her. 

It was Christmas Eve, and the homeless dog in an ironic kind of twist was curled up in an old, discarded box, which probably once contained supplies, or even Christmas gifts, for companion animals who have homes. 

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

That's when the homeless dog became known as Noel. And Guido, as she's done so many times before, started the hard work of earning the dog's trust so she could be saved.

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

Thankfully, it didn't take too long for Noel to trust Guido. Soon, she was in the passenger seat of Guido's car. But her exhaustion was obvious; she seemed too tired to even lift her head. 

It's suspected that Noel wasn't just a regular stray, that she was perhaps abandoned by her previous family and had been trying to fend for herself since. It's likely we'll never know what brought Noel to such desperate conditions but it's certain that she'll never have to be alone again.

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

In March, the animal rescuers at Speranza realized that the Bloch family, who had come and inquired about a different...


ExxonMobil Resumes LNG Production in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Photo: Michael Nagle

EMTV | 13 April 2018 

ExxonMobil said today that production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has safely resumed at the PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea following a temporary shutdown of operations after a severe earthquake occurred in the region on Feb. 26. LNG exports are expected to resume soon.

One train is currently operating at the LNG plant near Port Moresby. The plants second train is expected to restart as production is increased over time. During the period that production was shut-in, ExxonMobil was able to complete unrelated maintenance scheduled for later in the year to allow for more efficient operations in the months ahead.

Resuming LNG production ahead of our projected eight-week time-frame is a significant achievement for ExxonMobil, our joint-venture partners and our customers, said Neil W. Duffin, President of ExxonMobil Production Company. We will continue to support those communities impacted by the earthquake as we work toward fully restoring our operations. We hope our contributions and assistance will pr...

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Friday, 13 April


Mine spill worry in Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The sediment pond at the XINFA Bauxite mine in Naibulu, Dreketi which is said to have spilled waste water. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

Luke Rawalai | Fiji Times | April 13, 2018

SASAKE villagers in Bua, including fishers in Dreketi have showed their concern on the spillage of wastewater from Naibulu bauxite mining site, claiming the spillage has grown worse.

The fishers said the discolouration of seawater during heavy downpour continued to happen in the area.

Sasake villager Viliame Bailato claimed fish population in the area had dwindled over the years, adding they were worried about its effect in the next few years if spillage continued.

People rely on fish and other marine organisms such as crabs for their sustenance and also to earn a living, he said.

On behalf of fishers in the Dreketi irrigation area, Ashnil Kumar claimed waterways in the area would turn dark red during heavy rain because of the spillage from th...


Fukushima Frozen Wall Experiences New Problems "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Certain sections of the frozen wall have been degrading since January. The two end sections and certain portions of the



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Bougainville Govt says no to Panguna indefinitely "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

An abandoned building at Panguna mine site in Bougainville Photo: supplied

Panguna landowners are holding the region to ransom says Momis

Radio New Zealand | 13 April 2018

The government in the autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville says it will not allow exploration or mining activities at the Panguna mine site until landowners unite.

Two companies have been battling to re-open the mine, a move the government had been touting as vital to developing Bougainvilles economy.

But at the end of last year President John Momis announced a moratorium on mining at Panguna and in a new statement he says it is absolutely clear the landowners and the people of Panguna are divided over their preferred developer.

He said after debate in the ABG House of Representatives it was very clear this decision could not be avoided and has been made in the best interests of the landowners and the peo...


Royalty Issue Leads To Porgera Shoot-Out "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Porgera mine. Photo: wikicommons / Richard Farbellini

Jeffrey Elapa | Post Courier | April 12, 2018

The recent incident of armed illegal miners shootout with mine security guards is a result of landowner benefits, local landowner leaders from Porgera claimed.

A chief and community leader Ekale Kangalia said the recent shootout between armed illegal miners and company securities is a result of the stop on the royalty payments since 2014.

He said the cashflow in the area was sustained by the royalties from the Porgera gold mine until infighting in the Porgera Special Purpose Authority (PDA) led to the closure of the account.

Mr Kangalia said after years of frustration, the locals resorted to accessing the mine pit to venture for gold to sell and earn money to support themselves and their families.

He said the PDA directors infighting has forced them to go to the courts to obtain a court order to stop the royalty payments to the landowners.


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Thursday, 12 April


TEPCO Admitted Tsunami Risk To Govt. 4 Days Before Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A TEPCO official admitted as part of his testimony in the criminal negligence trial of TEPCO execs that they did



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Does living near an oil and gas well increase your risk of cancer? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Co-author Dr. John L. Adgate, CO School of Public Health

A new Colorado study says yes, increased cancer risk exists!
State Health Department said more research needed to confirm!

From an Article by John Ingold, Denver Post, April 9, 2018

A new study led by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health concludes that the air quality around oil and gas wells places those who live next door at an increased risk of developing cancer, but a state health official said Monday that more testing is needed to better understand what is happening.

The study looked at the concentration of cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene in the air near several oil and gas sites in northern Colorado. It contends that people living within 500 feet of an oil and gas facility have a lifetime excess cancer risk eight times higher than the upper limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency. What that means is that breathing the air near an oil and gas well for years at a time places people at additional risk of developing cancer above normal rates, according to the study.

Five hundred feet is a magic number in Colorado oil and gas regulations because it is the minimum distance the state requires new wells to be set back from existing houses. But the new study found at least a small potential added cancer risk based on air samples taken slightly farther away.

The cumulative lifetime excess cancer risk increased with decreasing distance to the nearest (oil and gas) facility, the studys authors wrote.

The study was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, which is produced by the American Chemical Society. Funding for the study came from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Boulder County Public Health Department.

In a statement, Boulder County Public Health air quality program coordinator Pam Milmoe said the study shows the need for better emissions controls on wells and better detection of leaks, as well as stricter setback rules.

The results underscore the importance of not locating extractio...


Cow And Her Baby Break Free And Run Away To Animal Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Update: In just a few hours after the story of this cow and her baby came out, Sycamore Tree Ranch raised enough money to keep them at the sanctuary for good. "We are so blown away by this incredible community that rallies together to save lives," the sanctuary wrote on Instagram. "It is because of your generous hearts that these two will get to spend the rest of their days together." 

It was just a normal day at an animal sanctuary in Texas two weeks ago when something strange darted across the pasture.

"We were outside feeding our animals when a cow comes running across our field," Koby Wegge, cofounder of Sycamore Tree Ranch in Springtown, told The Dodo. "And we dont have cows."

Credit: Sycamore Tree Ranch

It turned out that this cow was on the run. A neighbor had recently bought her and her baby, but she was so scared when she arrived at his house, she darted away.

People spent several hours chasing them but the cow was determined to get away.

"She swam across a pond with her baby, ran through a forest for hours, until she ended up jumping our very high fence and getting into our pasture," Wegge said. 

The cow and her baby hid among the rescued horses and refused to let any people get close to them. 

Credit: Sycamore Tree Ranch

The little cow family has been in the animal sanctuary's pasture for a couple weeks now. And the owner has decided that the cow is just too wild to keep but he wants his money's worth. He has sent for cowboys to wrangle the cow and her baby so he can sell them to slaughter. 

"On Friday, they are sending a team of roping cowboys to rope them and drag them into a trailer," Wegge said. "He will send them straight to slaughter because of how wild she is."



Mayur Resources raises $6.8 million for Papua New Guinea projects "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mayur managing director Paul Mulder with Gulf Provincial Governor Chris Havieta in 2017

Proactive Investors | 11 April 2018

Mayur Resources Ltd has received firm commitments to raise $6.8 million via a placement of CHESS Depository Interests (CDIs) to professional and sophisticated investor at 80 cents per CDI.

The new funds will allow Mayur to pursue a number of value accretive initiatives that have been identified in Papua New Guinea subsequent to the companys listing on the ASX in September 2017.

Port Moresby Limestone Project

The Port Moresby Limestone Project is located 25 kilometres north of Port Moresby.

Mayur has delineated a JORC resource of 382 million tonnes of high-grade limestone across two deposits within the project.

The funds raised will be utilised, in pa...


New deep sea mining venture to launch "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

International Mining | 10 April 2018

A historic ocean mineral resource expedition, using the Maersk Launcher, launches from San Diego on April 12 to further a mission to responsibly produce the worlds future metal supply from the deep-ocean floor. This is the first of five offshore campaigns that are part of a strategic alliance with Maersk, one of the worlds largest shipping groups.

DeepGreens subsidiary, Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI), will be carrying out extensive scientific and resource surveys within a 75,000-km2 contract area of the Eastern Pacifics abyssal plain, granted to NORI by the United Nations International Seabed Authority (ISA). DeepGreen and NORI are developing technology that will allow the responsible production of polymetallic nodules, which sit on the ocean surface, and contain metals in growing demand and critical to global social and economic growth.

The intention is that, when collected and brought to the surface using state-of-the-art technology, the polymetallic nodules usually small enough to fit in the palm of your hand will be processed for metals such as cobalt, nickel, copper and manganese. Those future metals are becoming increasingly ha...


Exxon expects Papua New Guinea LNG project to restart in May "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Sudarshan Varadhan | Reuters | April 11, 2018

Exxon Mobil expects to restart production from its PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea at the beginning of May after it was shut following an earthquake in February, Exxon LNG Vice President Emma Cochrane said on Wednesday.

The $19 billion LNG facility, opened in 2014 in a remote location in one of Asias poorest and most politically troubled countries, has been closed since the powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

The project is considered one of the worlds best-performing LNG operations, despite the challenge of drilling for gas and building a plant and pipeline in the remote Papua New Guinea jungle. Australias Oil Search and Santos are Exxons main partners in the project.

The LNG export terminal may not be able to produce at full capacity at first and will likely ramp up gradually, Cochrane said on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum.

We are hopeful that we will be able to start in the beginning of May. We are actually ahead of schedule, Cochrane told Reuters.

ExxonMobil has said there has not been any indication that the 700 km (435 mile) pipeline that delivers gas to its coastal LNG pla...

Wednesday, 11 April


BCL exploration license to be reviewed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Sally Pokiton | Loop PNG | April 11, 2018

decision by the Autonomous Bougainville Government not to renew exploration license to Bougainville Copper Limited early this year has been stayed by the National Court.

The decision of 16 January 2018 will undergo Judicial Review, after Bougainville Copper Limited led the case on 25 January challenging it.

Leave was granted On Tuesday by Justice Leka Nablu of the Waigani National Court.

BCL now have 14 days to file the substantive review before the court.

The grant of leave will operate as a stay on the January 16 decision pending the substantive hearing.

BCL applied for the renewal of its exploration license on 6 May 2016 from the Department of Mineral and Energy Resources of the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

On 16 January 2018, it BCL was informed that exploration license will not be renewed. BCL believes there were flaws in the process and wants it reviewed in court.

The grant of leave is just a first ste...


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