27 Sep 2010

Fresh legal application to halt waste pipeline from PNG's Ramu mine

2:50 pm on 27 September 2010

Landowner efforts to halt construction of a pipeline to dump waste into the sea off Papua New Guinea's northeast coast will continue despite last week's lifting of an injunction on the project.

Judge David Cannings on Friday lifted the injunction which prevented Metallurgical Corporation of China from building a marine tailings pipe from the proposed 1 billion US dollar Ramu nickel mine in Madang Province.

This followed the sudden withdrawal from the case of the plaintiffs, representatives of three local Rai Coast landowners groups, who were earlier seeking to make the injunction permanent.

However their former lawyer, Tiffany Nonggorr, has filed a fresh application for a new injunction.

She's indicated that there are more landowner groups with an interest in stopping the pipeline.

The Madang court is scheduled to hear the new application on Friday.