Me’ekamui invites stakeholders to Panguna mine talks

Me’ekamui Tribal Government has insisted it will not allow anyone to reopen the Panguna mine until all outstanding issues are resolved. President Philip Miriori said today that as opposed to reports by Australian newspaper on May 19 that BCL owns the Panguna mine,...

Rio Tinto: the elephant in Bougainville's room

John Momis, President of Bougainville, is an intelligent man. He has lengthly experience of Papua New Guinea politics; at one point in his distinguished career backing secession of his province from the central government. He also sided with the landowners who, in...

Re-opening of Panguna Mine is not negotiable

Locals from Bougainville are keen to correct the pro-mine media regarding the reopening of the Panguna mine and warn against misrepresentation of views and a repeat of the bloody violence of the past. The proponent, Bougainville Copper Limited is majority owned by Rio...

Panguna mine: people say no to reopening

Clive Porabou visits residents around the site of the now-closed Panguna mine in Bougainville. Rio Tinto subsidiary BCL (Bougainville Copper Limited) is eager to reopen the mine. Many local residents are adamantly opposed. See...

Who wants Rio Tinto subsidiary's Panguna mine re-opened?

In the media there is a lot of talk about re-opening the Panguna mine but it is a different story when you are on the ground. Outsiders think that it is very simple and easy to re-open the mine after 20 thousand Mekamuians/Bougainvilleans were killed, wounded and died...

Provocation at Panguna

Tayloring a new Panguna mine for Bougainville: Rio Tinto MD wades into murky waters Recently, the Managing Director of Rio Tinto’s subsidiary, Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL), made statements which were breathtaking in their complacency. Arguing that his...

Rebel hits out against mine talks in Bougainville

BOUGAINVILLE’S feared rebel Me’ekamui hardliner Chris Uma has lashed out at the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the Panguna landowners for talking about the mine re-opening before addressing outstanding issues. Mr Uma, who still has a big following in...

Plans to reopen Bougainville copper mine

The Panguna mine in Bougainville was closed down as a result of armed opposition by Bougainvilleans. The mine is owned by Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper Limited. For background, see http://londonminingnetwork.org/?s=Bougainville. THE Bougainville copper mine...