Chemical Exposure at Porgera Mine Anawe Waste Site, Papua New Guinea

Catherine Coumans Ph.D., Research Coordinator and Asia-Pacific regional program coordinator.

On July 12, 2017, MiningWatch started to receive information from partner organizations in Porgera that a corrosive substance had been disposed of by the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine causing burns to numerous villagers who came into contact with the substance. We wrote to Barrick Gold to get their explanation and to find out what efforts had been made to support the affected individuals.

Here is our letter, and Barrick's response.