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Friday, 14 September


Work on K3.9mil Tolukuma road delayed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 13, 2018

WORK on the Tolukuma-Bakoiudu Road has been delayed because funds allocated for the project cannot be accessed, according to the Mineral Resources Authority.

The K3.9 million earmarked for the 11.2km road is under the care of the Department of Finance as a result of the implementation of the Public Money Management and Regularisation Act 2017, a statement from the authority said.

It was responding to a query from the Tolukuma Landowner Association on why the road construction had not started despite the funds having been allocated.

The contract for the road project was awarded by the Central Supplies and Tenders Board last November. The MRA then paid the contractor a mobilisation fee of K170,000 in December to start work in February this year.

It also paid K200,000 to the Department of Works to supervise the project.

Before more payments were made, the legislation came into force in April.

Funds were frozen by the Department of Finance.



Wafi-Golpu plan to dump mine waste in sea queried "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 13, 2018

Salamaua LLG president Philemon Tomala has expressed concern about the plan to dump Wafi-Golpu mine tailings into Huon Gulf.

He said that both Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture and Morobe government should spell out the effects of the tailings on the gulf, where people fish for their livelihood. It is also one of few places in the world where the endangered giant leatherback turtle nests.

The mining company and Morobe government say it is safe to get this waste into the sea, Tomala said.

From experiences we have seen, like Panguna mine and others, the people out there still have questions in their minds as to how safe the waste is, going onto the sea.

This is because our peoples livelihood is in the sea.

They go fishing to sustain their day-to-day living, but with this thing coming, we have a lot of questions Whether it is safe for marine life or not.


RTG-led consortium meets Bougainville Govt over Panguna project "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Australian Mining | September 12, 2018

ASX-listed RTG Mining has presented its redevelopment proposal for the Panguna mine to the House of Representatives in Bougainville in a significant step forward for the project.

RTG Mining is leading a consortium of local landowners in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), that is trying to win government support in order to restart operations at the mine, currently under consideration for redevelopment by Government-backed Bougainville Copper (BCL).

The mines relaunch is a keystone of Bougainvilles upcoming plans for independence.

The dormant Panguna copper mine, which has been abandoned since 1989 due to local conflicts, contributed roughly 40 per cent of PNGs economy during the height of operation.

The consortium, led by landowners, presented its proposal last week to a number of representatives of the Bougainville Government and is currently developing a social licence...

Thursday, 13 September


microRenewables, Issue No. 8 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

This is the Issue No. 8 of microRenewables Magazine, for download. It is a 12 Mb file. The Table of Contents include: Editorial: Can the Philippine electricity sector reduce its carbon emissions by 70%? Renewable energy syllabus now ready for piloting Aurora folks learn micro-RE installation Solar PV energizes Dumagat Heritage Village in Bulacan My internship []


The Gardasil controversy: as reports of adverse effects increase, cervical cancer rates rise in HPV-vaccinated age groups "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Gardasil vaccines continue to be vaunted as life-saving, but there is no evidence that HPV vaccination is reducing the incidence of cervical cancer, and reports of adverse effects now total more than 85,000 worldwide. Nearly 500 deaths are suspected of being linked to quadrivalent Gardasil or Gardasil 9.

As Mercks latest human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil 9, continues to be fast tracked around the world, the incidence of invasive cervical cancer is increasing in many of the countries in which HPV vaccination is being carried out.

HPV vaccination is meanwhile causing dozens of serious adverse effects, and hundreds of deaths are suspected of being linked to Gardasil. While health authorities insist that causality is unproven, evidence that there is cause and effect is growing.

Quadrivalent Gardasil and Gardasil 9 are lauded as cervical cancer vaccines. Merck has never said that cervical cancer rates are decreasing as a result of vaccination, but many health professionals, and the media, are already claiming that HPV vaccination is leading to a reduction in incidence.

Official statistics, however, prove the opposite.

The media regularly run headlin...


Young children use the same gestures as chimpanzees and gorillas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Young children use the same gestures as chimpanzees and gorillas

brendan 13th September 2018
Teaser Media


Reform PNGs Resource Ownership Laws "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Henzy Yakham | Post Courier | September 12, 2018

The conversation on ownership of natural resources has intensified in recent times with the issue moved from the simmer-back to hot-and the front-burner.

In the forefront and pressing for revolutionary reforms in the resource ownership regime are two of PNGs founding statesmen Sir Julius Chan and Sir Mekere Morauta.

Both Sir Julius and Sir Mekere played very significant roles during pre-independence years as architects to craft the foundations of PNGs currency, banking and financial institutions, which in succeeding years underwent further reforms to improve their service delivery.

Today, the two former prime ministers are calling for changes to the resource ownership laws so that the original inhabitants of land and sea where the natural resources are found have fair and equitable benefits. In November 2013, despite not attending a Madang meeting of governors from maritime provinces due to prior confirmed official engagements, Sir Julius provided a brief paper to his colleagues on the development of PNGs extractive industries, ownership of natural resources and related issues. Incl...


Traditional Owners disturbed by illegal action by Adani "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

13 September 2018

Traditional Owners disturbed by allegations of illegal works by Adani

Call on Qld Government to prosecute any unlawful activity by Adanis coal operation

Revelations yesterday that Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws while operating on Wangan and Jagalingou country has deeply disturbed Traditional Owners.

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council are calling on the Queensland Government to investigate and prosecute any illegal activity on their homelands.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a traditional owner of W&J country and spokesperson for the Council says: The Queensland Government has licensed this unscrupulous corporation and now they must take responsibility for any destruction that is occuring on our country. They must investigate and prosecute Adani for any unlawful activity.

We are very concerned about the impacts on our cultural heritage and ancient story places from Adanis land clearing and other industrial disturbance. It is a grave matter for us that their works could do permanent damage to our sacred Doongmabulla springs.

We have been concerned about activity by Adani contractors on our country over some months now. We will be making our own investigations into what Adani have been doing there and wi...


Group wants Wafi-Golpu mining town at home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 12, 2018

The people of the Mumeng local- level government in Bulolo district, Morobe, do not want Wafi-Golpus mining town to be in the Huon Gulf district. They want it at home.

The group called Pikinini Mumeng made their stand known during a forum held on Saturday at Gurakor.

Spokespersons Max Giamati and Toksy Mon told The National the people of Mumeng were fighting for the rights of their children and they did not want their children to miss out on any benefit from the Wafi mine.

Giamati said the forum was for the developers, the Morobe government and the State to explain the benefits the Mumeng community would gain from the mine, the mining township, and the formation of Mumeng Landowners Association.

Just because the pipeline will run through Huon Gulf they want to build the township there, but we are against the idea, he said.

We are not saying no to the pipeline but because of the future of our children we want the township an...


Bougainville: To mine or not to mine? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Jubilee Australia | 12 September 2018

As Bougainville plans for its long-awaited independence referendum scheduled for the middle of next year, the Panguna mine which was once one of the largest copper-gold mines in the world until the Bougainville civil war forced its closure in 1989 remains at the forefront of debates about Bougainvilles economic future.  

Jubilee Australias report Growing Bougainvilles Future examines the choice facing the people of Bougainville and asks the question of to mine or not to mine?  

The political consensus that large-scale mining offers the only feasible developmental path for Bougainville has led to a scenario in which there has been an insufficient analysis of potential alternative economic strategies. Jubilee Australia aims to redress this imbalan...

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