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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Bulolo Opposing New Exploration

 
The Bulolo people (both local & Business Communities) have overwhelmingly objected the Exploration Licence Application lodged by Wabu Alluvials Limited which is also a local company.

 As a process of licence grant, the applicant must meet the requirements specified in the Mining Act 1992 of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

Wabu Alluvials Limited lodged an Exploration License Application with the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) to obtain an Exploration Licence to explore for minerals. While the licence is under the process of granting or refusal by the Minister for Mining, the local communities and the business communities lodged written objections with the Mineral Resources Authority through the office of The Chief Mining Warden. The landholders objected the ELA stating that the company will disturb their environment and also interrupt their routine business activities. They even published on the National News Paper through the Bulolo District Administrator Tae Gwambelek.

It is a requirement under the Mining Act 1992 that the applicant must facilitate a Mining Warden Hearing which is conducted by the appointed Mining Warden to gauge the views of the affected landholders, pursuant to Section 108 of The Mining Act 1992.  Once the views of the affected landholders are gauged, a report of this hearing is provided to the Mining Advisory Council (MAC) for further deliberation to the Minister for Mining. Finally, the Mining Minister has the final authority whether to grant the licence or otherwise based on MAC’s Advice.

All the related licences/leases specified under the Mining Act 1992 follow the same process. This is transparent and views of the affected stakeholders are fairly gauged.


WardenHearing for this application was adjourned to a later date which will be fixed by the Registrar of Mineral Tenements and the Chief Mining Warden.

The next post will be the procedures of Mining Warden Hearing Process. Stay in tune
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