Project proceeds with measures


ENVIRONMENT and Conservation Minister Were Mori has given the green light to the Frieda River mining project to move forward with measures to protect the environment.
He said this after receiving the Sandaun government environment impact statement on the mining project which said its deposits contained the same style and characteristic as that of Ok Tedi and the
proposed Wafi-Golpu mining projects.
“They are related and because of that, the nature of mineralisation is refractory, meaning there is presence of sulphur,” he said.
“And for us to develop and exploit the resources at Frieda, we have to put in place measures that will mitigate the impacts on the environment.
“In the not so distant future, I would like to have an audience with governors of both East and West Sepik and their provincial governments as to how we could move forward the Frieda River development.
“Development can take place but is must be done with the understanding of both East and West Sepik.
“The potential impact on the Sepik River must be taken into account.
“The Sepik River has got a large catchment basin and all the creeks, tributaries that flow to the North of the Frieda River make their way down into the Sepik River.
“Currently, we have got ongoing issues pertaining to the environment.
“My department will ensure that in whatever we do to maximise the exploitation of our natural resources, we have to ensure that we do not destroy the the environment,” he said.


  • I suggest, Frida mine to be a role model for environmental protection and safety. There should not be a single waste from the mine to be deposited into the river system. All waste from the mine must be contained in a way that it will not pollute the environment in any way. If there is no way of addressing this issue, then the government should forget Frida mine.

  • If other mining waste can be treated and off loaded direct to the sea bed then, I believe the mine can be viable.

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