Then National, Tuesday 11th September, 2012
THE Mt Kare Management Company Ltd is calling on Mining Minister Byron Chan to cancel the Mt Kare gold exploration licence and issue a special mine lease.
Chairman Albert Aliabe said for the past 27 years, the government had issued the same EL1093, allowing six companies in Conzin Rio Tinto Australia, Matu Mining, Matheson Enterprise, Pacific Carpenters, Buffalo Gold Ltd, Summit Development Ltd and Indosine into the area.
“But none of the exploration companies have produced any results.
“The EL1093 expired on Aug 24 and the government needs to forfeit the EL and should approve a SML to conduct gold production activities,” he said.
“Since 1988, CRA Rio Tinto moved into the area but the landowners forced them out after five years of exploration, citing that the activity was executed without landowners’ consent.”