The Fiji Times
5 December 2011
PORT MORESBY – A new report has revealed a deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea owned by Canada’s Nautilus Minerals is producing unacceptable impacts.
The ‘Out of Our Depths’ report details serious environmental and social impacts on communities as a result of undersea mining.
The report’s author, Dr Helen Rosenbaum says PNG is the first country in the world to do undersea mining, but its impacts on communities are largely unknown. She claims the environmental impact study for the Nautilus Minerals project is flawed.
“To date, with this flawed Environmental Impact Study (EIS), there is not enough information to understand the risks involved with this Solwara 1 Project and the coastal communities,’ she said. Attempts to approach Canada’s Nautilus Minerals for comments were unsuccessful, but the company’s website says it is dedicated to setting a high environmental standard for its PNG project.