18 Feb 2012

Compensation claim in PNG after river pollution

5:37 am on 18 February 2012

Villagers in Papua New Guinea claim pollution of the Markham River by a mining company is killing fish needed for food.

The people of Labu are demanding five million US dollars in compensation from the Morobe Mining Joint Venture company over loss of fish and other food sources.

The Post Courier reports a petition will be presented to the mining company and the local provincial government in a bid to assist the community with clean food, water and help with resettlement.

It says the community recently collected dead fish and eels piling them on drums used to block the bridge for mining company vehicles.

A local councillor says he has grave concerns about the apparent poisioning of the fish and the livelihoods of about 5,000 Labu people is now in serious jeopardy.