05 March 2013
Deep Sea Mining Activists and concerned groups are still awaiting a response from Prime Minister on environmental impact data.
The wait follows a petition containing twenty four thousand signatures was handed to the government in October last year.
The Solwara one project is a unique project; deep sea mining has never been tested anywhere else in the world. That’s why concerned individuals and groups are lobbying the PNG Government to consider the environmental impacts.
In a letter written to Prime Minister Peter O’neill last December by a group called the Deep Sea Mining Campaign. They asked for the following information to be released for public scrutiny.
- The full environmental impact study.
- The 2009 independent review of the Oceanic graphic aspects (By Cardno Lawson Treloar Pty Ltd.
- Any other Independent reviews of the EIS commissioned by DEC.
- Conditions of the Solwara 1 permitts issued to Nautilus by DEC.
- Draft environmental management plan for Solwara 1.
Deep sea mining campaigner Patrick Kaiku says the government has not responded to their letter.
In October last year a petition containing 24,000 signatures was handed over to the Minister for Mining Byron Chan. Also present was Mineral Resource Authority MD Philip Samar.
Oro Governor Gary Juffa spoke strongly against deep sea mining.
Deep Sea Miner Nautilus Minerals on numerous media reports has stated that no Environmental damage will occur.
Meredith Kuusa, National EMTV News