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Porgera Mine effects probe

AN independent specialist team is in Enga to help in the investigation of environmental damage caused by the Porgera gold mine.
The team will investigate outstanding benefits claims by the people of Porgera and Enga.
The team was led by landowner groups, including shareholder and chief landowner Jonathan Paraia.
“We have brought in experts to help us so that Enga will follow formal procedures to deal with the issue rather than weapons like it happened in Bougainville over the Panguna mine some years ago,” he said.
He said the landowners’ plea for support from the National Government “have fallen on deaf ears”.
“There is no bridge between the National Government, the people of Porgera and the mining company,” Paraia said.

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