MOAs Root Cause Of Issues, Says MRA
Mineral Resource Authority (MRA) managing director Jerry Garry has clarified that some of the legacy issues regarding Porgera mining are related to the memorandum of agreements between the national government, landowners, and provincial and local level governments.
Garry made this statement during a recent media conference, adding that those issues required both the State and the company’s attention.
“We have a serious mine tailings problem lately and some of the obligations have not been delegated and it is related to the State,” he said, adding that other issues relating to compensation damages and other related issues were directly the operator’s responsibility.
“There is a mix bag of legacy issues in which some could be been looked into by the state but it was never delivered and others are the company’s obligations to deliver,” Mr Garry said.
He said that these were issues that consultations by the State Negotiation Team (SNT) would try to establish and identify the responsibilities of the State and the company. “Those issues cannot be settled in the extension therefore we are making dialogue to address those issues with different options,” he said.
Mr Garry said that these were delicate issues and the State and MRA wanted to see how everyone could contribute for a win-win situation. “All this legacy issues must be addressed with certainty before we move on,” he said.
The outstanding issues included relocation and resettlement of SML LOs, incomplete construction of 65km Tari-Pori road, environmental damages, compensation claim for security brutality, compensation claim for damages to alluvial goldfields, and compensation agreement reviews.
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