MYSTERY PIG DEATHS SHUT DOWN PNG GOLD MINE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 25, 2001 – Post-Courier)---The mysterious deaths of pigs has forced the temporary closure of Lihir gold mine in New Ireland Province.

Angry landowners say the pigs were poisoned by waste from the mine.

Landowners and the mining company are meeting to resolve the issue in an effort to reopen the mine.

Lihir’s managing director Alan Roberts said a preliminary report from the government veterinarian suggests the pigs were poisoned from lead acid batteries that were lying around the island.

The company is awaiting a full report from the investigation.

Roberts said the landowners used "gorgor," a traditional way of protest to shut the mine.

He said the plant is in operation despite the "annoying" disruption.

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Provided by Vikki John ( VIKKI@law.uts.edu.au

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