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06 December 2011

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Papua New Guinea’s Mining Minister Byron Chan is wrong to say that the government has no choice but to allow Nautilus Mineral’s to proceed with its experimental seabed mining project, Solwara 1, despite huge opposition.

The government has not yet granted all the necessary approvals and permits for the mine to proceed; many details about the project including where the mined deposits will be processed and how toxic wastes will be disposed of have not been revealed, and the government has an inherent power to review or suspend any approvals or licences already granted.

Byron Chan desperately needs to get some decent independent legal advice instead of listening to the biased opinions of the mining industry and their sycophants in government and the public service.

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