PNG’S PORGERA MINE CLAIMS RISE IN DEADLY SCAVENGING

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PNG’S PORGERA MINE CLAIMS RISE IN DEADLY SCAVENGING

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 13) - The biggest challenge and a cause of concern now for one of the world’s largest gold mines - the Porgera Gold Mine in Enga Province - is the escalating entry of illegal miners into the mine’s operation sites.

Mine general manager, Phil Stephenson says illegal miners (local people) had come into the mine site since its beginning but had escalated in recent years.

Stephenson told the two-day 2006 PNG Mining Seminar in Port Moresby yesterday illegal miners even risked their lives by entering the mine’s operational areas and even resisted police intervention.

He said this had resulted in one of them (illegal miners) falling off several meters from the mine pit seriously injuring himself. He was immediately rescued by the Porgera Mine Rescue team.

"Illegal mining is a very big problem (at the Porgera Mine) ... and they even have access to some of the underground mine areas which are rich in gold deposits," said Stephenson.

[PIR editor’s note: Papua New Guinea police have filed murder charges in at least one of the numerous deaths that have been reported at the Porgera gold mine in Enga Province by area landowners last year. See story.]

July 14, 2006

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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