1 May 2017

Locals threaten armed campaign against PNG seabed mine

From , 5:02 am on 1 May 2017

A campaigner against deep sea mining says locals have threatened to take up arms if a seabed mining project in Papua New Guinea goes ahead.

Canadian company Nautilus Minerals was given an Environmental Permit by the PNG government in 2009, to develop the Solwara 1 Project, but work is still yet to begin.

Helen Rosenbaum from the Deep Sea Mining Campaign says the risks of the project going ahead are significant for people living in the New Ireland and Duke of York areas.

She tells Tim Glasgow that locals who rely on local fisheries for food and their livelihoods are threatening to take up arms against work on the mine if it commences.

Mining for copper under the sea

Mining for copper under the sea Photo: Nautilus Minerals