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China’s Ramu InCo faces new plaintiffs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 27, 2010) - Landowner efforts to halt construction of a pipeline to dump waste into the sea off Papua New Guinea’s northeast coast will continue despite last week’s lifting of an injunction on the project.

Judge David Cannings on Friday lifted the injunction which prevented Metallurgical Corporation of China from building a marine tailings pipe from the proposed US$1 billion Ramu nickel mine in Madang Province.

This followed the sudden withdrawal from the case of the plaintiffs, representatives of three local Rai Coast landowners groups, who were earlier seeking to make the injunction permanent.

However their former lawyer, Tiffany Nonggorr, has filed a fresh application for a new injunction.

She’s indicated that there are more landowner groups with an interest in stopping the pipeline.

The Madang court is scheduled to hear the new application on Friday.

[PIR editor’s note: Ramu Nickel Mine Watch is questioning Australian company Highlands Pacific, a minority stakeholder in the Ramu nickel mine in Papua New Guinea, if they are misleading the Australian stock market in a released statement saying Papua New Guinea’s local community support for the mine "has never been stronger."]

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