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NJV stands by for decision

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

THE Namosi Joint Venture is looking at how to develop the mining project in an environmentally, socially acceptable manner that would not have any disturbance to the land and the people of Namosi.

NJV country manager Greg Morris said they were consulting directly with landowners and government through a jointly agreed process.

Mr Morris said although they were still in the pre-feasibility and geo-technical environmental study process, they were optimistic the project would be approved and developed given the time frame given for the exploration.

The project, according to NJV, would be a great opportunity for government revenue from taxes and royalties from mineral extraction that is expected to rake in $2billion returns annually, making it Fiji's biggest export earning.

However, Mr Morris said if the project was unsuccessful, then all their infrastructure would be removed and all their operations would stop.

But, he said, their agreement with the mataqali would remain, which was compensating them for any damage to their land.

As stated during a media visit to the drill site last month, Mr Morris said the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study was being conducted in accordance with the Department of Environment requirements and the Environment Management Act 2005.

"The EIA is undertaken by independent environment consultants approved by the Department of Environment," he said

The Environment Management Act establishes a mandatory EIA process for most development proposals that require approval from government.

Unlawful development is a serious offence with penalties up to 10 years imprisonment or $750,000 fine.


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