GENERAL IMPACTS

EXPERT REPORT ON THE FRIEDA RIVER LIMITED – SEPIK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS)

Summary: General Impacts

Mark Chernaik, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

  • The EIS fails to discuss how the project would increase the risk of malaria in locations where the disease is already hyper-endemic,
    • The EIS fails to include a Resettlement Plan for forcibly displaced villages.
      • The EIS admits to the substantial loss of life that would occur if there is a partial or complete failure of the ISF embankment.
        • The EIS fails to identify how risks of acid mine drainage and failure of the ISF embankment would be managed in perpetuity.
          • The EIS inadequately characterizes the risk of species extinctions.
            • The EIS improperly dismisses alternative project designs that would eliminate or substantiallyreduce harm the project would cause.

            EXPERT REPORTS ON THE FRIEDA RIVER LIMITED - SEPIK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS)

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            Frieda River Limited - Sepik Development Project
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            01. AQUATIC ECOLOGY

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            02. ECONOMICS

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            03. MANAGEMENT PLANS

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            04. GENERAL IMPACTS

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            05. GEOLOGICAL & SOCIAL

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            06. GROUNDWATER

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            07. HEALTH

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            08. SOCIAL IMPACTS

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            09. SURFACE WATER

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            10. BIODIVERSITY

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            OTHER SUBMISSIONS

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            “FRIEDA RIVER IS A MINING PROJECT THE LIKES OF WHICH PNG HAS NEVER SEEN – IT IS THE SIZE OF THE REST OF THE PNG MINING INDUSTRY COMBINED … THE CHALLENGES OF MANAGING TAILINGS, WASTE ROCK AND WATER POLLUTION ARE IMMENSE, AND THE COMMON AND OFTEN SYSTEMIC FAILURES AT PNG MINES TO DATE DO NOT BODE WELL FOR CLAIMS THAT FRIEDA RIVER CAN BE DEVELOPED RESPONSIBLY …”

            Gavin Mudd, Associate Professor at RMIT University

            SAVE THE SEPIK CAMPAIGN

            LIFE ON THE SEPIK

            The Sepik region is one of the most culturally and biodiverse areas on the planet

            FRIEDA RIVER MINE

            One of the largest known copper and gold deposits in the world

            WORLD HERITAGE

            Nominating the Sepik regions rich cultural heritage for World Heritage listing

            TAKE ACTION

            Take Action and Solidarity to call for the Rejection of the Frieda River mine

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