Mining Monitor June 2015
We are excited about this Mining Monitor. (Online version here) Not only are we remembering the struggle at Ranger but we also publishing our first Tok Pisin article.
Lauren Mellor from the Environment Centre NT reflects on ERA’s recent announcement on the Ranger 3 deeps expansion, corporate liabilities and responsibilities and the potential mining legacy of Ranger.
Money land and autonomy is our first Tok Pisin translation, the article appeared in our April MM. Regular readers will know MPI has had a strong Papua New Guinea focus since our inception. Indeed the raison d’etre and origins of MPI were strongly influenced by mining problems in PNG, particularly those involving Australian companies at Panguna and Ok Tedi. We hope to publish more Tok Pisin translations in the future.
Dr Judd continues his focus on mining impacts in PNG, this time exploring marine mine waste disposal (MMWD – otherwise known as STD or DSTP). With recent research showing significant but still poorly understood impacts from Misima and Lihir mines in the waters of papua new guinea.
Lastly, Charles reports on a recent trip to PNG, with his thoughts on a presentation given to the PNG Update conference entitled Mining in PNG – lessons learnt from Watut River. With recent documents showing significant levels on ongoing impact and little to show for the financial benefits coming from hidden valley mine.
Our film for this edition returns to our cover story with a fascinating edit of ‘Dirt Cheap’.
Co-editors, Charles Roche and Jessie Boylan
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Header image: Alluvial miners working on the Lower Watut River, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea