PUBLIC CONSULTATION

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

SUMMARY: Public consultation submission with special reference to Indigenous Peoples and FPIC, ASM, resettlement and livelihood restoration, and mining agreement-related risks


Dr John Burton, Pacific Social Mapping Pty Ltd, Canberra

This public consultation submission concerns the treatment of four related topics in the Frieda River Environmental Impact Statement (‘the EIS’):

    • International Finance Corporation (IFC) guidance for dealing with Indigenous People / Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
      • Resettlement and livelihood restoration
        • Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM)
          • Mining agreement-related risks

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

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          EIS HIGH LEVEL SUMMARY

          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

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          FRIEDA RIVER MINE

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