27 Oct 2010

PNG's Ramu landowners happy with pipeline injunction

3:40 pm on 27 October 2010

An activist from the Papua New Guinea NGO Act Now says the landowners who've mounted a legal challenge against the Madang Province Ramu nickel mine marine tailings pipeline are satisfied with a recent court ruling allowing it to go ahead.

The ruling's the latest in a series of injunctions awarded by the court in a long-running dispute between the Metallurgical Corporation of China, which plans to use the pipeline to dump mine waste into Basamuk Bay, and the area's coastal landowners.

Effrey Dademo says the new injunction permits the pipeline to be built but prohibits its operation.

"There is injunctions in place for now operation of the whole facility until substantive issues are tried. They've insisted to build it, well they can build it, he said they can build but they're not supposed to use it so if they use it they're in contempt."

Effrey Dademo says the judge has ordered for the case to return to court within a month.