The Deep Sea Mining (DSM) campaign has published two reports. Our first report Out of our Depth: Mining the Ocean Floor in Papua New Guinea provides an overview of DSM in general and the Nautilus Solwara 1 project in particular. This report raises significant concerns about gaps in the Solwara 1 EIS and the many risks that remain to be identified and assessed.
Our second report is a more detailed review of the physical oceanographic elements of the Nautilus Solwara 1 EIS. We chose to look at these aspects due to their critical importance to level of risk that coastal communities and marine ecosystems will be exposed to. This review finds that the oceanographic aspects of the EIS suffer from a lack of rigour. There are many errors and omissions in the modelling, presentation and analysis of data. As a result the EIS seriously downplays the risks facing local communities and the marine environment.
November 6, 2012 | Prepared for the Deep Sea Mining Campaign (affiliated with Friends of the Earth Australia) by John L Luick, PhD, Austides Consulting, Adelaide, Australia
Physical Oceanographic Assessment of the Nautilus Environmental Impact Statement for the Solwara 1 Project – An Independent Review
MEDIA RELEASE: Oceanographic assessment blows Nautilus out of the water
Authored by oceanographic expert, Dr. John Luick, the report reviews the oceanographic elements of the Nautilus Solwara 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Its focus is on currents and upwelling that may bring pollutants into contact with local populations and marine species. At only 30km away New Ireland is especially at risk, with the possibility of upwelling and currents carrying mine-derived metals towards its coastline. The report find that finds that the EIS seriously downplays the risks facing local communities and the marine environment.
“The modeling is completely unacceptable by scientific standards … The EIS fails to provide the basic information needed to assess the risk of pollution of the environment or the risk to local communities … The People of PNG deserve better. They should be able to feel confident that the approvals process is open and based on the best available science.” – Dr John Luick
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November 24, 2011 | Dr. Helen Rosenbaum, Deep Sea Mining Campaign
The report further details serious environmental and social impacts expected as a result of unprecedented mining of the ocean floor in PNG. It highlights the deep flaws in Nautilus Minerals EIS like the insufficient testing by the company in the toxicity of its process on vent species, and has not sufficiently considered toxic effects on organisms in the marine food chain.
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January 10, 2009 | Professor Richard Steiner
Independent Review of the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 Seabed Mining Project, Papua New Guinea
This report details that it would be likely that Nautilus Solwara 1 deep sea mining project would result in severe, prolonged, and perhaps region-wide impacts to a globally rare and poorly understood biological community, and it is clear that the Nautilus EIS does not adequately assess many of these impacts. Furthermore the report makes note that the benefits to local people or the economy of PNG seem disproportionately low compared to the scale and risk of the project.