Annette Kora, February 27, 2018
The lack of consultation with West Coast locals of New Ireland Province on the Nautilus seabed mining project has yet again prompted another submission of their objections to the Mineral Resources Authority.
The Alliance of Solwara Warriors yesterday submitted their demurral on Exploration License 1196to the MRA.
Speaking to this newsroom, Namatanai representative, Jonathan Mesulam, said they have again and will continue to oppose Nautilus Mineral Inc’s seabed mining project in New Ireland.
Coastal communities under the umbrella of the Alliance of Solwara Warriors claim that Nautilus and the PNG Government did not consult, nor did they get their consent or approval, to go ahead with the experimental seabed mining.
“EL 1196 is situated on traditional fishing and ceremonial waters of West Coast Namatanai in New Ireland Province and Duke of York Islands in East New Britain Province,” Mesulam said.“This project will bring disruption to our communities and the lives of our people depend on the sea.”
“Both have not come out to give their stance on whose side they are taking in the project and a further call from the people of the West Coast of New Ireland to come out and make their stance known,” said Mesulam.
“The lives of our people are at risk knowing that this project is going ahead regardless of the lack of consent and consultation.”
“This project is set to destroy and disrupt the daily survival of our local communities in New Ireland Province.”