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VICTORY! Papua New Guinea halts controversial nickel mine major rainforest victory for Madang& @EcoInternet in homeland

VICTORY! Papua New Guinea halts controversial nickel mine major rainforest victory for Madang& @EcoInternet in homeland

Papua New Guinea halts controversial nickel mine - for now Jeremy Hance mongabay.com April 16, 2012 Basamuk Bay in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Photo produced using Google Earth. A massive, controversial nickel mine has been shut down in Papua New Guinea due to the environmental concerns of its slurry pipeline, reports Cultural Survival. Inspections of the 83 mile (134 kilometer) slurry pipeline found that it had been built too close to a major highway with spills already impacting traffic. Built by the Chinese state company Metallurgical Construction Corporation (MCC), the Ramu Nickel Mine has been plagued by land issues, labor disputes, and environmental concerns. The Minister of Environment and Conservation, Thompson Harokaqueh, ordered the slurry pipeline shut-down, effectively shuttering the mine, while the government takes another look at the project. According to the c...

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