ITS OFFICIAL - the Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed that, when it approved the process, the PNG government had no idea what the effects of the waste disposal arrangements from the Ramu nickel mine would be.
The Environment Minister stood by while Sir Puka Temu
admitted to people of the
Both ministers received a petition calling for an immediate stop to work on the waste disposal site and the funding of an independent scientific study into the project.
The government has been given 21 days to respond before local people take further action.
Had the local residents not obtained an earlier court injunction on mine construction work, it is clear that the PNG government and Ramu Nickel would have gone ahead with the planned underwater tailings disposal: a process that many people have serious concerns about.
This admission by the government begs the question of what else about this particular mining project has not been fully investigated, prior to government approval.
A similar mine in
A qualified mining engineer has previously claimed the PNG government agreed to a vastly undervalued deal with Ramu Nickel.
If this is true, the PNG people have been sold out by their own government. Perhaps the local landowners should be insisting that the government now examine all aspects of the mine before any further action is allowed.