Chinese government’s massive open-pit mine in the rainy Papua New Guinea highlands, with its tons of toxic tailings full of sulphides and heavy metals, is to be poised above the Sepik River and its primary rainforests, intact local cultures, and the South Pacific Ocean.
Apparently Papua New Guinea’s urban elites have learned little from decades of foreign industrial mining (and logging) causing conflict and despair, environmental damage, and social and economic decline.
“From a biological perspective I can hardly think of a worse place for a copper mine,” Professor Tim Flannery
“Dispela kain giaman divelopmen long ples mas pinis o bihaintaim bai had long ol papa graun karim kaiki long ples (This false development must end or it will be hard for local peoples to feed themselves in the future)” – Dr. Glen Barry, Mangi Madang
A proposed large-scale copper and gold mine in PNG will irreparably harm the relatively pristine Sepik and Frieda Rivers, and devastate the region’s primary rainforests and indigenous cultures.
The Sepik is one of the largest wild river systems left in the Asia Pacific. The Frieda River runs for 100 kilometres from the mine site in the steep, forested highlands before it joins the Sepik which flows another 600 kilometres through a wetland-dotted plain before reaching PNG’s northern coast.
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Highlands Pacific – Brisbane-based resources company with 20% stake in the Frieda River genocidal ecocide for mega profits… www.highlandspacific.com/ A new mining company with two projects in PNG
Mammal fauna in that area is the richest in all of Australasia, with large tracts of contiguous primary rainforests, and the region is culturally rich as well.
PNG has a troubled history of extreme environmental and social damage from mining, with few economic benefits to locals who bear tremendous environmental and economic burdens thereafter.
Both the Bougainville and Ok Tedi mines tremendously damaged whole river systems, as did the Freeport mine in Irian Jaya.
The Sepik region has been heavily logged for decades, with over $USD one billion in timber extracted, leaving local peoples in abject poverty no longer able to subsist.
Industrial mining and logging by foreigners have totally failed to provide local benefits, with proceeds flowing to the urban elite, leaving ravaged industrial wastelands where primary rainforests and indigenous forest gardens once stood.
.Exposed mineral sulphides become unstable when exposed to air and water forming sulphuric acid, dissolving heavy metals which in high concentrations kill fish and devastate riparian and marine ecosystems.
The scope of the mine continues to expand, threatening to be one of the largest copper and gold mines in the world. There are expected to be several billions of tonnes of waste rock generated in a seismically-active region with very high rainfall.
China-owned PanAust has recently applied for a special mining lease for the large-scale, openpit mine. Frieda River Copper and Gold Project is controlled by an 80:20 joint venture between Chinese-owned company PanAust and Australian Stock Exchange-listed junior Highlands Pacific.
PanAust is in turn owned by the Chinese State through Guandong Rising Asset Management – just like MCC and its faltering Ramu nickel mine in Madang, which is leaking profusely.
The company claims the mine will be of “world standard” when they haven’t yet revealed how they will manage the toxic tailings and have not submitted any environmental plan.
Once the mine is operating, 4,000 tonne barges will travel up the Sepik River daily. Chinese development in PNG is continually sub-par and shoddy, virtually ensuring major toxic spills in an earthquake prone area containing large intact natural rainforests and a complex hydrology.
The proposed Frieda/Sepik rivers mine will leave the special Sepik ecosystem an industrial wasteland. The mine poised above the Sepik must be stopped and never be built.
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May 20, 2016 | PNGIndustryNews.net
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Highlands Pacific – Brisbane-based resources company with four …http://www.highlandspacific.com/ A new mining company with two projects in PNG at an advanced assessment stage and a suite of exploration tenements in PNG and Indonesia. Highlands …
Pan Aust www.panaust.com.au www.panaust.com.au/ PanAust – growing through discovery, acquisition and development … Special Mining Lease application submitted for the Frieda River Copper-Gold Project, … PanAust | LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/panaust See who you know at PanAust, Puiza Vicky ABUZO Frieda river pinis na nau ba go lo Shale mining – PNG … Frieda River | PanAust Mining Port Moresby, NCD, Papua New Guinea. : D: +675 3129506 | T: +675 3129500 : http://www.panaust.com.au
Ramu nickel mine | Papua New Guinea Mine Watch https://ramumine.wordpress.com/tag/ramu-nickel-mine/ Ramu Nickel (MCC) Management continue with their oppressive abuse of Papua New Guinea workers. It appears if you speak out – and call the Chinese out for …
Chinese company ups value of huge PNG mining project | Radio New www.radionz.co.nz/…news/…/chinese-company-ups-value-of-huge-png-mining-proje… May 20, 2016 – A Chinese conglomerate planning to develop the Frieda River copper and gold project in Papua New Guinea has more than doubled the …
Barrick sells 50% in Papua New Guinea unit to China’s Zijin | MINING … www.mining.com/barrick-sells-50-in-papua-new-guinea-unit-to-chinas-zijin/ May 26, 2015 – Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea (Image courtesy of Barrick … Zijin is China’sNo.1 gold producer and the 2nd largest large copper …
Chinese companies make push for sensitive mining projects in Papua … www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-04/new-push-by-chinese…mining…png/6522540 Jun 4, 2015 – PNG’s Chamber of Mines executive director Greg Anderson said the takeover followed a worldwide trend of Chinese companies being the only …
Mining, logging and Oil Palm will leave everyone cash reliant which is what governments ultimately want since cash reliant masses become compulsorily compliant people; slaves to operate the machine to keep the global few wealthy and powerful.