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Catholic Church in PNG wants complete ban on deep sea Mining

Staff Reporter | 11:12 PM |
Papua New Guinea Catholic Cardinal Sir John Ribat is calling for the ban on the world-first PNG seabed mining project that is set to commence in 2019.

Representing the silent coastal majority, Sir Ribat made a strong call to the PNG  Government to put a complete stop in deep sea mining in PNG waters, especially the massive seabed mining to begin soon in the New Ireland Province.

“These overseas companies will pack up and leave after the extraction but the long-term negative impacts of the mining activity will affect the entire island communities who depend heavily on marine,” he said.

Sir Ribat has raised concerns following the arrival of the machineries in Port Moresby recently for the experimental seabed mining.

He said PNG has no national policy on deep sea mining or an appropriate legal framework to regulate such operations.