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Mining not new to Bougainvilleans

Mining is not a new thing to Bougainvillians, says the Member for South Bougainville Timothy Masiu. Speaking at the Parliament, in responding to the Mining papers presented by the Vice President and Minister for Mining Raymond Masono, the Member says that the people of Bougainville are aware of the impacts and effects of mining therefore when deliberating on issues relating to mining, consultation must be made with the people.

He call on the Government to be cautious on the discussion of the reopening and also when approaching new mines. He says that new mine negotiations will take a lot of convincing from the land owners thus prolonging the process.
This calls for the Department of Mining to make a lot of inputs to make sure that the aspirations of the ABG is made successful, says Masiu.

As a Member concerned, Masiu speaks in regard to the environmental damages caused by the Panguna mine especially to the people of his electorate in the lower tailings. He says that the Government must be more considerate to the environmental issues rather than being focused on the Goal deposits.
There must be proper environmental analysis before further discussions on any mining activities, says Masiu.  New Dawn FM / PNG Today

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