Sunday, December 19, 2010

MMJV statement untrue

Bulolo MP Sam Basil says a statement issued by the Hidden Valley mine on December 16 claiming he has withdrawn legal proceedings over the pollution of the Watut River is untrue.

"I have not withdrawn the legal proceedings on behalf of 110 landowners who have been seriously impacted by the pollution of the Watut River by sediment and heavy metals from the Hidden Valley mine,” he said.

"For the Hidden Valley mine to claim that I had made an announcement to that effect is simply not true.”

Basil says he has been in dialogue with the mining company Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) and representatives of its owners, Harmony Gold and Newcrest Mining, in an attempt to find a satisfactory resolution of the issues without having to go through lengthy and expensive court proceedings.

"To that end I have agreed not to take any further steps with the litigation until my lawyers and scientists meet with the mine owners in January,” he said.

“But I have not, and I repeat have not, withdrawn the proceedings.

"I am also very disappointed that MMJV have not issued a further media release, as requested by my lawyers, correcting the public record.”


For more information contact:

Sam Basil - Mobile: 7215 4806

Tiffany Nongorr - Mobile: 7268 9295



  1. Anonymous4:55 PM

    David Wissink - MMJV General Manager should be dealt with accordingly for spreading the lies both within and abroad Papua New Guinea.

  2. Sam Basil, keep on pushing. We can not fully trust big mining companies. South Africans and Aussie miners have a bad record. See the damages in BCL and OK Tedi/Fly river.
    Watut has just started, what will happen in the next 10-15 years? What will happen when Waffi comes into full swing? I guess the problems will compound? We will loose out badly..
    Bapa Bomoteng

  3. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Perhaps Wissink told lies but what if others are telling lies too? I don't think for a second that we've heard the end of this story.