21 May 2010

PNG's land group says it to find a way to hold mining giant accountable

10:25 am on 21 May 2010

A group from Porgera in Papua New Guinea's Enga province say that due to a lack of support from government, they've had to find other ways to hold a mining giant accountable for social and environmental damage in their community.

The group of four, including two landowners from the Porgera gold mine lease area, have returned to the country after visiting Canada where they lobbied support to draw more accountability from Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold's operations in their community.

The chairman of Porgera's Akali Tange Association, Jethro Tulin, says they told Canada's parliament and Barrick Gold's directors that despite making good money off the mine, the company gives very little back to locals.

"And that's why we have been asking the government of PNG, writing petitions, applying pressure, and nothing is coming about. That's why we have gone as far as Canada to push forward so that if Barrick and the government can't listen here (in PNG) then probably we'll have to find the other way around to get them accountable for what is going wrong."

Jethro Tulin.