Norwegian Asset Manager Divests from Operator of Controversial Ramu Mine

May 12, 2020
Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC), citing unacceptable levels of environmental damage. MCC operates the Ramu nickel-cobalt mine in Papua New Guinea, which dumps millions of tonnes of toxic mine waste into the ocean each year. Storebrand joins several other financial… More »

Why Did a Norwegian Firm Ditch a Chinese Company Over What It’s Doing in Papua New Guinea?

May 12, 2020 • Ellen Moore
How’s this for a testament to the complex nature of globalization: Storebrand, Norway’s largest private asset manager, recently divested from Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC), because the Ramu nickel-cobalt mine the company operates in Papua New Guinea dumps millions of… More »

Red Tide Redefined

September 13, 2019 • Ellen Moore
Forget algae. If you really want to trash a marine ecosystem, this Chinese and Canadian-owned mining operation is proving there’s nothing like untreated mine tailings. In late August, a processing plant for the massive Ramu cobalt-nickel mine in Papua New… More »

Huon Gulf

Wafi Golpu: The Latest Mine to Menace Papua New Guinea Wafi Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV)–a partnership between Australia’s Newcrest Mining and South Africa’s Harmony Gold Mining Company–wants to build Papua New Guinea’s largest underground mine near the city of Lae… More »

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Mine proposals that include marine waste dumping

October 16, 2018

Mine proposals that include marine waste dumping – Updated October 2018

Drawing the Battle Lines Over Papua New Guinea’s Ocean Dumping Problem

September 21, 2018 • Ellen Moore
The island nation of Papua New Guinea and its neighbor West Papua, Indonesia, are among the only places in the world where mining companies are permitted to dump toxic mine waste into natural water bodies. In these adjacent countries, there… More »

No Money for Mine Waste

May 13, 2018 • Ellen Moore
Earthworks’ newest campaign is hitting ocean dumpers where it counts. This March, Earthworks launched the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign to demand financial institutions cut ties with companies that dump mine waste into the ocean. Each year mining companies dump 220+… More »

New Campaign Seeks End to Ocean Mine Waste Dumping

March 7, 2018
Today an international coalition of environmental and human rights groups announced the start of a new campaign to end the submarine disposal of hazardous mine waste, known as tailings. The practice smothers seabed floors and coral reefs, threatens fisheries, and harms human and wildlife health.