The National Fisheries Authority has repeated the fears of the previous Minister for Fisheries Mr Semri. Please click:
NATIONAL FISHERIES AUTHORITY
There has been a response by Nautilus 1 that there will be no blasting, no damage to fisheries and no pollution. Please click:
BULLSHIT BAFFLES BRAINS AT NAUTILUS 1
There is the question raised of the pollution of the fish spawning grounds from combined pollution of the Ramu and Sepik Rivers together with the waste from Ramu NiCo.
There is the matter of arsenic and cyanide which will need to be disposed of if the smelting is done at sea.
So now Nautilus 1 management is running out of steam. There was the threat in the weekend media that they can easilty shut down operations.
This is the trick of the international mining companies across the world.
Nautilus is ready to spit the dummy and wait for the blackfellas to come pleading with them.
Multi-national companies have so many projects across the world that they they can afford to shut down operations in any one area if the natives give trouble.
A well known company in this country did that to the Indians in a reservation in Canada some years ago. But they retained the 99 year lease. The lease became a sleeper.
It is a bullying tactic and shows that Nautilus claims to date may not stand up to scrutiny.
Our report of a Panguna under the Bismarck Sea may be quite accurate if the ore is hundreds of metres below the sea bed. It will not just be a matter of a truck size excavator nibbling away at the sea floor.
There is also the matter of the undersea canyons providing a large biomass of nutrients for fish.
The question does arise as to how many Nautilus ships will be operating. Will Nautilus 1 be accompanied by Nautilus 2, 3,4....12? Does their mining lease cover the entire Bismarck Sea?
Will there come to be several Panguna sized mines under the sea?
Possession is nine tenths of the law. Once they are in, who will check the pollution and damage to the fish breeding grounds from blasts and poisons? Even PNG Attitude has come on board on the issue. Please click:
Are we witnessing the total demise of the tuna?