Deep Sea Mining Campaign Update: Oceanographic assessment blows Nautilus out of the water

Dear friends and allies,

We encourage you to share the recent update from the Deep Sea Mining Campaign. It includes: our new report that finds Nautilus Minerals EIS downplays the risks of their deep sea mining project; a petition signed by thousands of Papua New Guineans against the project; and our fellow Kiwis take the issue of seabed mining head on with an epic paddle opposing seabed mining.

You can also view the campaign update here

The Deep Sea Mining campaign launches new report that blows Nautilus out of the water

Authored by oceanographic expert, Dr. John Luick, the report reviews the oceanographic elements of the Nautilus Solwara 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Its focus is on currents and upwelling that may bring pollutants into contact with local populations and marine species. At only 30km away New Ireland is especially at risk, with the possibility of upwelling and currents carrying mine-derived metals towards its coastline. The report find that finds that the EIS seriously downplays the risks facing local communities and the marine environment.

“The modeling is completely unacceptable by scientific standards … The EIS fails to provide the basic information needed to assess the risk of pollution of the environment or the risk to local communities … The People of PNG deserve better. They should be able to feel confident that the approvals process is open and based on the best available science.” – Dr John Luick

View media release:
Oceanographic assessment blows Nautilus out of the water

Download report:
Physical Oceanographic Assessment of the Nautilus Environmental Impact Statement for the Solwara 1 Project – An Independent Review

Campaign against experimental seabed mining ramps up in Papua New Guinea

On behalf of the Deep Sea Mining campaign we would like to congratulate all the local communities, grassroots organisations and NGO’s in Papua New Guinea for their successful petition against experimental seabed mining.

More than 24,000 Papua New Guineans signed the petition calling for the government to stop the controversial plan to mine the seabed in the Bismarck Sea. It was presented on 23 October to the Mining Minister Byron Chan with a powerful speech from a New Ireland representative, Mr. Oigen Schulze, a team leader of New Ireland-based NGO, Zero Inc.

Only days before students in East New Britain had presented a 7-page petition to local government officials questioning the need for the Nautilus Minerals Solwara I seabed mining project.

Epic 350km sea paddle to highlight opposition against seabed mining in New Zealand

On 15th November 2012, a coalition of environmental groups, including well known Australian surfer Dave Rastavich (Surfers 4 Cetaceans), will begin an epic sea-paddle, from Cape Taranaki to Piha. Their goal is to raise awareness of intertwined issues of seabed mining and the plight of the critically endangered Maui’s Dolphin.

As a prelude to the paddle, Phil McCabe, spokesperson for Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) is currently walking the stretch of 150 km stretch of coastlinewith his partner and their 11 year old daughter to raise awareness and engage with the diverse communities along the way. You can follow his walk and the work of KASM on their facebook page and website.

We hope you can share these stories with your networks and join the campaign to stop seabed mining!

Kind regards
Natalie (on behalf of the Deep Sea Mining campaign team)

Natalie Lowrey
Communications, Deep Sea Mining Campaign
Affiliated with Friends of the Earth Australia

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6 thoughts on “Deep Sea Mining Campaign Update: Oceanographic assessment blows Nautilus out of the water


    I have in my article on PNG’s endangered (but renewable) tuna resource ( TUNA-THE WAY OF THE FUTURE?) already pointed out that the economic argument is NOT there at all for us to endanger our tuna resource.

    Tuna is far more valuable to PNG that nautilus and its proposed mining of the seabed. Whatever we make from the mine is negligible compared to the tuna value being endangered by the mine.

    Non of the PNG Nationals in Nautilus are scientists. Nautilus has never conducted a 50 year baseline study on tuna and other pelagic species, let alone the oceanography for that period of time to confidently state the future conditions.

    PNG cannot afford to be the guinea pig of these untested technologies in our pristine waters.

    We have made stupid mistakes in the past with the issuing of far too many distant water licenses and issuing of license to the Chinese to dump waste in out Astrolabe Bay. Politicians have used these licenses to make money from the investors.

    We cannot afford to let Barrick ( supporter of the Enga Governors Party) major shareholder of Nautilus to pay its way into our oceans.

    Peter ONeill must put politics aside, and look at this issue dispassionately. He must think about the future of our nation, our people and our children.

    We will have sufficient funds available to the State to run its budgets, billions more than ever before. We dont and wont need Nautilus’ tax money or equity money in the next 30-50 years.

    WE must stop this stupidity. The national exployees of Nautilus will wholly agree with this. Even the Senior executives pushing this projects are doing so because they need their jobs. They cant afford to get laid off or sacked because they have forgotten what it is like to be a village man, live off the land or depend on the sea for sustenance. They have been cut off from the real society of village life and our people. Their arguments are as if they are appearing from outer space obviously parroting what they have been told to say.

    These are smoke and mirrors games. They are playing in high level Public Relations campaign. They have retained Millions of dollars worth of PR people to sell these lies to the unsuspecting population of PNG, while they go and massage the politicians at the back.

    Well the games up Nautilus! Cut the crap!

    You dont have the science. You dont have the economics. You dont have logic. You dont have commonsense on side.

    We know the PNG government is not obliged to grant you a development License. We know you are not entitled automatically to a development License under our Mining Laws. We know you will not qualify for an Environmental Planning License.

    Your only choice is to bribe the Prime Minister, the Mining Minister and the Environment Minister, the three key players.

    That is the only way the NAUTILUS will ever get a License to mine our seas.

    I call on the Highlanders from Kainantu to Kantobo to rise. I call on all my brothers from Vanimo to East Cape, from Lorengau to Loloho, from the Island of Buka to the Bula Plains-rise. Rise my brothers and my sisters, rise up! Speak for the mountains who stand and weep over this land. Speak for the trees that cringe in shame for they cannot bear the shame of treachery and corruption. Speak for the birds of the air and the fish and the Mamals of the deep deep sea who know us and wait upon us to take our rightful place as keepers of this land and this waters.

    Rise up Papua New Guinea and stop this madness!

  2. Did a quick search and all I can find is Barrick exchanging its control of Solwara JV (JV with Nautilus) via its subsidiary Placer Dome with a 10% stake in Nautilus, which is well below the shareholding of Metalloinvest, Anglo-American & Mawarid Mining (Omani Company). Don’t see how Barrick is a major shareholder of Nautilus.

  3. Who owns Placer Dome? What was the consideration for the exchange? Why did it do it? What was foremost in the minds of the Directors of Barrick shedding its control?

    Keep it coming.

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