ALERT! Mining Threatens Papua New Guinea’s Mighty Sepik River with Utter Ruin

   

Save Frieda RiverThe Frieda river will be polluted, destroying the region’s rainforests and Sepik River’s swamps and staple sago trees downstream         via Earth First, 

TAKE ACTION NOW to protect Papua New Guinea’s rainforests and indigenous people!

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.
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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 Flannery700897pngscottwaide600x300 (1)

“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

papua new guinea -children
papua new guinea -children

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

confrontation at the criminal Barrick Mine
confrontation at the criminal Barrick Mine

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.

Frieda River near Carpentaria Aistrip.
Frieda River near Carpentaria Aistrip.

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 Bougainville mine led to a civil war that killed tens of thousands, and the mine developers Rio Tinto have now abandoned the mine without any restitution for environmental and war crimes.Barrick's Body Bag

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.

The History: Civil War in Bougainville was caused by mining , it devastated PNG's indigenous peoples and environment. Now the miners have ran away with the profits, paying no compensation and are selling remains to openly bribed PNG president
The History: Civil War in Bougainville was caused by Rio Tinto mining , it devastated PNG’s indigenous peoples and environment. Now the miners have ran away with the profits, paying no compensation and are selling remains to openly bribed PNG president

.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.

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Sepik-River-village-Papua-New-Guinea.

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
PANAUST has outlined a much larger-than-expected development for the Frieda River copper-gold project in Papua New Guinea, outlining a hefty $US3.6 billion price
May 20, 2016 | Business Advantage PNG
PanAust has released its feasibility study into the Frieda River mine in Sandaun Province, claiming it is ‘one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold deposits in the world’, with an initial 17-year mine life.
May 19, 2016 | Mining Business Media
Australian international miner PanAust has completed an FS outlining preproduction capital costs of $US3.6B for initial development of a large-scale openpit mining operation at its 80%-owned Frieda River copper-gold project in PNG.
OK Tedi mine pipe spewing waste into Papua New Guinea river
OK Tedi mine pipe spewing waste into Papua New Guinea river

 and here are the criminals

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 …

Pan Aust, with an ongoing record of mass destruction in Asia, to begin work on Frieda/Sepik rivers one of last natural reserves of incalculable ecological, cultural and climate value... aided by the corrupt PNG Government.
Pan Aust, with an ongoing record of mass destruction in Asia, to begin work on Frieda/Sepik rivers one of last natural reserves of incalculable ecological, cultural and climate value… aided by the corrupt PNG Government.

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 …


some comments 

 

 Caleb LaieskiGreat action alert and very important issue! Signed — Thank you for creating this action alert. Best, Caleb

George Denny Noble ·corruption PNG

Do not operate a pit mine here. Mine instead your dumps and landfills, discarded electronics equipment.

Linda Saul

I’ve been bleating to deaf ears since forever that organic agriculture to feed ourselves to self sufficiency using our customary land(without survey/title) is the only food security for generations to come.
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.

Eileen Sewell ·

So very sad if this goes ahead. Hope commonsense prevails and the sanctity of the land is retained.

Ken Re Umöri ·

We can differ at all points, but do we need to differ at protecting our Mother, the Earth? Please join hands before it is too late, let us rid the griddy of this destruction.

 

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