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Protests halt Goro Nickel construction
Title -- 5325 NEW CALEDONIA: Protests halt Goro Nickel construction
Date -- 25 February 2008
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- Radio NZ International 25/02/08
Copyright - RNZI
Status -- Unabridged
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GORO NICKEL HALTS CONSTRUCTION
NOUMEA (RNZI Online/Pacific Media Watch): The Goro Nickel mining company in New Caledonia has temporarily stopped the construction of a waste disposal pipe amid protests by environmentalists and activists.
Goro started to build a 21 km long underwater pipe to carry liquid mining waste for disposal into the lagoon at the Havannah Channel about two weeks ago.
Activists and environmentalist say the pipe will cause severe environmental damage and demand a halt to the construction.
Goro Nickel management met local residents at the weekend to discuss the issue and has agreed to halt the construction work temporarily to respond to the environmental concern.
Further meetings are planned this week.
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