In response to requests from people living along the Watut river, ACT NOW! has launched a new Email Action asking mining companies Harmony Gold and Newcrest Mining to 'come clean' about the pollution caused by their Hidden Valley mine.
Foreign resource companies operating in Papua New Guinea have a long history of causing environmental destruction and serious social problems.1
Harmony Gold and Newcrest Mining, are the latest to be making headlines - for all the wrong reasons. Their mine has caused the acidification of the Watut river system which has resulted in health problems and food shortages for local people as well as vegetation die-back along the river.2
If this problem were occurring in Australia or South Africa, where these companies are based, then the public outrage and political pressure would ensure an immediate and comprehensive response.
But, in Papua New Guinea foreign companies take advantage of the ineffective monitoring of environmental impacts and weak enforcement to ignore or cover up the problems they cause - which is why we all need to take action - to show them the eyes of the world ARE WATCHING.
Harmony and Newcrest have admitted to some sedimentation problems and have tried paying landowners a few dollars in compensation, but this is simply covering up the much bigger problem of the acidification of the river system.3
Please support the landowners by sending an email to Harmony and Newcrest calling on them to come clean about the true extent of the damage they have caused and to start a program of proper remediation and financial compensation.