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Group raises concerns on Deep Sea Mining

Staff Reporter | 9:31 PM | |
A group of concerned Papua New Guineans are not giving up their fight against experimental seabed mining.
They call themselves Papua New Guinea Group against Experimental Seabed mining or PNG Gasem.

The group is concerned about the impacts associated with seabed mining. The feel their concern on this serious issue of experimental seabed mining was taken lightly because they were not formally recognized.

Yesterday, they took a small but significant step by formally setting up the PNG Group against Experimental Seabed mining or PNG Gasem.

This will enable them to raise their concerns without being intimidated. They are concerned the issue of experimental seabed mining has been swept under the carpet.

Chairman Moses Murray is leading the group to put an end to this issue. Nautilus Minerals Limited has always maintained that the project is safe, however, Mr. Murray said seabed mining is a worry to many coastal communities and has serious damaging impacts.

The group is also calling on the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) to respond to their petition which was given to them earlier this year.

Mining Minister Byron Chan said, in a recent Parliament seating that they are still deliberating on it.