Phases of the Impact Assessment
Preparatory phase: Desktop review of available literature on mine & impacts and satellite imagery (now completed).
The preparatory phase report identified two areas of concern to be fast tracked ahead of the impact assessment:
● Potential collapse of a tailings levee
● Potential flooding
To better understand these risks and potential impacts, these areas have been prioritised for a rapid risk assessment through a process led by the Autonomous Bougainville Government with the support of Rio Tinto and the Human Rights Law Centre.
A team of environmental consultants from Tetra Tech Coffey will undertake this assessment on the ground in August and September 2022
Phase 1: Focus on the most high-risk impacts:
Unstable infrastructure (pit, levees etc.), erosion of waste into rivers & flooding downstream
Identifying problems with access to clean water for drinking & bathing
Identifying potentially affected communities
Phase 2: Focus on environmental, social & human rights issues requiring further analysis after Phase 1.
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