Environmental group to proceed with case

Justice Polume-Kiele in her choice handed down on Thursday 17th of September mentioned beneath Part 51 of the Structure, all residents have a proper to entry public info.

The Mineral Sources Authority’s try to withheld key paperwork regarding the Nautilus Solwara 1 undertaking was rejected by the Waigani Nationwide Courtroom this week.

The Nationwide Courtroom has given the all clear to communities and environmental teams to proceed lodging their declare to acquire key info on the Solwara 1 undertaking.

Lawyer Peter Bosip from the Centre for Environmental Legislation and Neighborhood Rights, representing the communities mentioned the knowledge sought by the Alliance of the Solwara Warriors will permit Papua New Guineans to grasp the environmental, social, cultural and financial impacts of the proposed Solwara 1 deep sea mine and likewise whether or not it was accepted lawfully.

He mentioned the coastal communities have repeatedly requested the knowledge from the Nationwide Authorities over a number of years earlier than resorting to authorized proceedings.

The counsel mentioned it was disappointing that they’ve been pressured to deliver a authorized motion within the Nationwide Courtroom to claim such a fundamental proper, and that the MRA spent taxpayer’s cash in searching for to have the case dismissed. The counsel mentioned it was disappointing that they’ve been pressured to deliver a authorized motion within the Nationwide Courtroom to claim such a fundamental proper, and that the MRA spent taxpayer’s cash in searching for to have the case dismissed.

Justice Polume-Kiele mentioned communities can now proceed with their case that was lodge in 2017.

Jonathan Mesulam of the Alliance of Solwara Warriors said that not solely did the MRA spend two years making an attempt to dam the environmental group to entry to info, it is usually presently enterprise a course of to resume the Nautilus Nuigini deep sea exploration licenses.

Earlier this 12 months, Jerry Garry, Managing Director of PNG’s Mineral Useful resource Authority mentioned that PNG had invested some huge cash on this dangerous undertaking.

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