17 Jun 2008

Resistance to New Caledonia Goro pipeline continues

4:05 pm on 17 June 2008

Environmentalists in New Caledonia say there's still strong resistance against a Goro Nickel waste pipeline.

They say the effluent from the nickel plant will contaminate the lagoon earmarked for Unesco World Heritage status.

Dubravka Voloder reports

"Work on the pipeline was suspended in February but Goro Nickel said it needed to test the pipe to open its plant later in the year. An activist, Mike Hosken, says the pipe construction is still on hold and the Kanak group, Rheebu Nuu, is asking for stricter financial controls and more participation. Mr Hosken says they are still in talks with the company. He says the area in the south of New Caledonia's main island could be turned into a reserve, pending a decision by Unesco in July."