Legacy Issues delay PNG Govt Decision on PJV Mining Lease Extension

 Porgera Mine legacy issues are delaying PNG  government’s decision into Special Mining Lease 1 lodged by Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) on 28th June 2017.

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke says PJV under the Mining Act 1992, will continue to operate while these issues are looked at by the state.

Some of these issues include Relocation and Settlement of SML Landowners, Incomplete Construction of 65km Tari – Pori road, Grievances on Environmental damage, Compensation claim for security brutality, and Compensation claim for damages to alluvial goldfields and Compensation Agreement Reviews among others.

On August 16 2019, the Porgera Gold mine SML expired, however the National Court declared on August 2 that the mine may operate until the state makes it decision for another 20 years operation.

Minister Tuke told a news conference this afternoon, the government and all stakeholders will carefully review grievances raised by Landowners, LGG’s, Provincial Governments and the operator of the mine to make sure decisions benefit all.

He says it’s a lengthy process and will take time.

Meanwhile, he urges stakeholders, particularly landowners and Provincial Governments to respect the process and allow the mine to operate smoothly until a decision is made by the state.

FM 100 / Pacific Mining Watch

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