Troubled Papua New Guinea deep-sea mine faces environmental challenge

Community groups accuse PNG government of keeping documents for its approval under wraps

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Papua New Guinea deep sea mine
A deep-sea mining project off the coast of Papua New Guinea samples sediment. Photo: Nautilus minerals

HELEN DAVIDSON and BEN DOHERTY on THE GUARDIAN | 11 Dec 2017

“A controversial experimental deep-sea mine is being challenged in court by environmental groups who have accused the Papua New Guinea government of withholding key documents about its approval.

Nautilus Minerals Inc, a Canada-based company primarily owned by Russian and Omani mining firms, wants to extract gold and copper deposits from 1.6km below the surface of the Bismarck Sea, using a seabed mining technique never before used in commercial operations.

Nautilus told the Guardian it has conducted dozens of community meetings – reaching more than 30,000 people from nearby islands – and has had its key documents, including a detailed environmental impact statement, publicly available for years.”

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