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20 August 2010


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Lydia - I am not supporting DSTP, but in the end everything ends up in the sea. One only has to see natural landslips from the air in mountainous regions. This is particularly so in areas of high rainfall.

Grain by grain, it will end up in the sea.

Grain by grain, the toxic materials in a land based tailings storage system will find their way to the sea, unfortunately along rivers and creeks.

I do not have any hard answers. The solution is almost imponderable.

If the toxics can be removed or neutralised, perhaps dumping them in the sea may be an answer. This would be a faster travel route to the sea.

We all enjoy walking along a golden sandy beach. Its hard to ponder that the sand was previously a solid rock.

This is from the Ramu Nickel court case on 16 February 2011 [from an article by Arnold Jameson].

Mr Ian Hargraves, the Project Manager of the environmental plan, who made the recommendation for Ramu Nickel to go ahead with the proposed Deep Sea Tailing Program, appeared as the first defendant in court today, saying DSTP is safe.

Regardless of not possessing qualifications in the fields of Oceanography, Sedimentology or Toxicology, Mr Hargraves went on to comment, with regard to matters concerning these scientific field areas, saying he's become an expert in sediments and oceanography, due to his experience in similar projects over the years.

When asked by the landowners' lawyer, Tiffany Nonggorr, why he recommended DSTP, instead of Land-Based Tailings, he said, it was because managing liquid tailings on the land will be difficult, as the tailings may soon find their way out onto the shore and into the sea.

Is he saying it's right to just dump everything into the sea rather than closely monitor to make sure that there are no leaks escaping into the sea from the land?

Dr Wari Iamo, Secretary of the Department of Environment and Conservation, will be cross-examined by Tiffany Nonggorr tomorrow [Thursday] at 1.30 pm.

The answer to curbing corruption in PNG may lie with the Chinese as suggested by John Michelson.

Yes, the ordinary people will enjoy it and maybe have some confidence in the government once we have daily executions of those implicated in corruption of the high order.

Find it, mine it, flog it.
And Arthur, destroy everything else in its wake.

The London 'Sunday Times' had a full-page spread reporting the exploits of a deep-sea vessel, 'Nautilus', owned by China's Ocean Minerals Resources Research & Development Association.

Among other things the craft planted a Chinese flag at the bottom of the South China Sea. And it claims to have mapped 10% of the world’s warm water caused by the hot gushers.

No area was named but it also claimed to have plans to mine 29,000 square miles of the Pacific, a commercial prize that includes 112M tons of manganese, 4M tons of copper, a million tons of nickel and almost a million tons of cobalt.

The report continued that a new centre for the exploitation of deep-sea resources is due to open in a new base near the Qingdao Naval base.

A second oceanographic 6,000-ton explorer, 'Ocean 2', is being built and can transport mini-subs 10,000 miles or more.

To improve Jialong’s performance, it is developing a manned submarine and robot craft that will used in the expansion of the exploration.

More relevant was that one of its Chief Scientists, Tao Chunhui, reported: “We set off 40 undersea quakes and detonated 10,382 compressed air explosions on a scale seldom seen in world history.” It was involved in exploring the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

It all seems frightening to me when one knows that PNG nor any other Pacific government has the ability to monitor these sudden quakes and explosions which could have already taken place in their territorial water or about to be.

Yet 'Nautilus' has been given the green light for the Bismark to be a guinea pig in this under sea exploitation.

Find it, mine it, flog it.

If China ever takes over this country, there will be executions daily of government officials convicted of corruption. They will be shot.

I cannot see millions of Chinese marching over nation after nation as we believed in the 50s and 60s. The domino theory is now economic.

But I do think that they will progressively take over all sources of raw material in S-E Asia to start. Then military occupation may be used to protect investments.

Two centuries ago, we had the British and French empires in the Pacific. Seventy years ago we had the Japanese empire's Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. It was all about access to raw materials.

Now we see the beginning of the Chinese empire expanding past the old middle kingdom of the past thousand years. The domino theory is alive and well.

It is only a matter of time before the Chinese government protects their investment in Ramu nickel with battalions of soldiers working as security guards.

Then there will be an ongoing involvement of Indonesia in the LNG project. There will no longer be a border problem with West Papua.

Going by many Chinese business people in this country, their investment capacity is limitless and their profit motive voracious. These are facts.

A military hospital has been built by the Chinese at Taurama Barracks. Great forward planning.

A very interesting and somewhat frightening story. Who wrote it and where did it appear?

Here's the link - KJ

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