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

Mob: +61 421 226 200
Skype: Natalie Lowrey

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