Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Deep sea tailings halted

I recently blogged about the Papua New Guinea government approving a Chinese company's bid to dump its mining wastes in the Basamuk area of the Astrolobe bay in PNG. When the deep sea tailings was approved, the PNG government allegedly authorized dynamiting an area through coral reefs spanning some 500 m long by 20 m wide. It was sad to see a beautiful structure that had taken so long to be built to be dynamited away just like that.

Fortunately for the coral reefs, the local people of the area have successfully taken out a court order to stop dumping of wastes in the bay. Hooray for the locals....

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