Climate Ark News Archive

Non-profit climate news links and archive of materials no longer on web provided on these terms to help find solutions and for posterity

Disclaimer & Conditions for Use | Share on Facebook |

What @EcoInternet Twitter @Biocentric Eco News Microblog Says on Matter:

- tragic, ultimately local campaign weak, bought off

Papua New Guinea: Mine given green light to dump waste into ocean

Source:  Copyright 2010, ABC
Date:  September 24, 2010
Byline:  Liam Fox
Original URL: Status ONLINE

A mine can now proceed to dump millions of tonnes of waste into the sea in Papua New Guinea after a legal battle to stop it was abandoned.

A temporary injunction had been preventing the Ramu nickel mine from building a deep-sea tailings pipeline in Astrolabe Bay, near Madang.

But this week the landowners who won the injunction dumped their lawyer and abandoned the legal battle to make it a permanent ban.

National court Justice David Cannings approved their request to discontinue the proceedings, but said their change of heart was "suspicious".

He said people would legitimately wonder if the landowners had been threatened, intimidated or paid off.

The decision means the majority Chinese-owned mine can proceed with plans to dump 5 million tonnes of tailings a year into a deep-sea trench.

Continue to Read Full Article at Source

Climate Ark users agree to the site disclaimer as a condition for use.