Out of our depth: Mining the sea floor in Papua New Guinea

1 Nov 2011

Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Nautilus) is set to embark on the unprecedented extraction of metals from the sea floor. The mining project, known as the Solwara 1 project, will extract gold and copper from the floor of the Bismarck Sea in Papua New Guinea. It is the first of a potentially large number of deep sea mining projects within the Pacific Region, including others in the Solwara area.

Written by Helen Rosenbaum, this paper explores the likely impacts of the Solwara 1, the world's first commercial deep sea mining operation, and critically assesses the adequacy of the data, assumptions and predictions found in Nautilus’s 2008 Environmental Impact Statement.

 

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