WORK AT NEW GUINEA GOLD CORP'S Mt Sinivit project in Papua New Guinea has been halted because of an occupation by members of the Wild Dog Mining Area Landowner Association and Lulai Nakama Association.
New Guinea Gold says the mine site was occupied after it received a letter demanding outstanding royalties be paid.
The company said it has paid the money, but the occupiers remain at the mine site.
New Guinea Gold has also received a demand for the payment of compensation for alleged environmental damage.
The company said the current estimate for the rehabilitation of the mine site is less than one per cent of the sum demanded.
It's seeking court orders for the removal of the occupiers before pursuing a negotiated settlement of the grievances.
Source: The Canadian Press