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Outrage mounts in Papua New Guinea over current mining - as a "new era" is declared

Published by MAC on 2004-09-21


Outrage mounts in Papua New Guinea over current mining - as a "new era" is declared

We recently posted on this site an article heralding a "new era" for mining in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Within days, however, Oxfam-CAA in Australia published a damning report on the PNG operations of South African company, DRD, and local moves were made to bring the company to account for a notorious cyanide spill, four years ago.

No sooner was this news announced than Placer Dome - the Canadian company responsible for the huge Misima Gold mine - was also under attack for a cyanide spill earlier this year, its continued use of the discredited practice of submarine tailings disposal (STD) and its derisory attitude to numerous grievances voiced by local land owners.

A false second dawn for mining in PNG? Make up your own mind

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