11 Jan 2012

Namosi villagers object to Fiji mining project

5:33 pm on 11 January 2012

Concerns on a proposed mining project in Fiji has seen Namosi and Naitasiri villagers reportedly signing a petition.

FBC News reports a villager who did not want to be named, as saying the petition is to be sent to the government in the hope that mining at Namosi will not eventuate.

Villagers claim that if mining will proceed, the Waidina and Rewa rivers will be polluted, affecting fish and kai, two of their main sources of protein.

In response, the Namosi Joint Venture says a comprehensive and independent Environment Impact Assessment study is underway in accordance with Fiji's environment laws.

The company says an extensive consultation process is part of the assessment and the villagers are encouraged to be part of it.

Once the assessment is complete, the government will then decide if the mine can be built.