- published: 29 Aug 2016
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Stock piling pay dirt
In Papua New Guinea, artisanal gold miners use mercury to extract gold from the ore. But this exposes the miners, their families, and their communities to mercury poisoning. So far, the government has not launched any public health measures to address the issue. For more information, please visit: http://www.hrw.org/features/png-golds-costly-dividend
Papua New Guinea, an island of gold floating on oil and surrounded by gas. A land that is blessed in abundance BUT. a scar of unfair distribution of wealth and climate injustice is building momentum as Natural resources are extracted with the last 10 years; the greed of a few without considering the welfare and rights of the indigenous resource owners.
Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals has reached an agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea to begin mining an area of seabed believed to be rich in gold and copper ores, according to the BBC. Under the terms of the agreement, Papua New Guinea will contribute $120 million to the operation and receive a 15 percent share in the mine. Environmentalists say the mine will devastate the area and cause long-lasting damage to the environment. The BBC reports that "the mine will target an area of hydrothermal vents where superheated, highly acidic water emerges from the seabed, where it encounters far colder and more alkaline seawater, forcing it to deposit high concentrations of minerals." The report continues: The result is that the seabed is formed of ores that are far ric...
Bed rock. Ancient river bed
The ocean floor is the last great frontier for the resources sector. But what could be the world's first deep sea gold and copper mine is mired in controversy. The battlelines are drawn, one and a half kilometres under the Bismarck Sea off Papua New Guinea. Canadian miner Nautilus Minerals says risks are low but locals say it will pollute the water on which they they rely so heavily. Watch World News Australia 6.30pm nightly and 10.30pm Mon-Fri on SBS ONE.
Raw video of police shooting in Papua New Guinea by American Mining Rights Association President Mr. Shannon Poe on his trip to explore mining opportunities in the country in July and August of 2016. Warning! Graphic language and extreme violence. Not suited for children.
Donate: http://actnowpng.org/donate Share on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1l93esG Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1l93kk6 Papua New Guinea has already suffered some of the worlds worst mining disasters . Foreign companies have polluted our rivers, destroyed communities and caused a violent civil war. Now Nautilus Minerals wants to dig up the seafloor in a new experimental mining operation. But, as the government has already acknowledged, communities all across PNG are saying they do not want to be part of this experiment. But this issue is of much wider significance than just Solwara 1 and Papua New Guinea. There is already exploration for similar mines all across the Pacific region and in the Indian ocean. Numerous countries have sanctioned the exploration without understanding the full...
Is the Papua New Guinean Government regulating the Mining Companies in order to really benefit its people? Dr Brian Brunton, A Former National Court Judge, now based in the Milne Bay Province and co-ordinating the 'Alotau Environment' NGO Group says the Milne Bay people are no strangers to the outcomes of Mining. "We are left with a hole in the ground, and you can imagine where the money goes to," he says.
Dateline uncovers claims that the Papua New Guinea government acted under instruction from mining giant Rio Tinto, when it killed thousands opposing Bougainville mine. For more on Brian Thomson's report, go to the SBS Dateline website... http://bit.ly/ktZ8nu