Vedanta flouted forest conservation norms, says report

Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests reports criticise Vedanta India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests commissioned a study of possible violations by Vedanta Alumininum (controlled by the UK’s Vedanta Resources plc) at its Lanjigarh mine and refinery site in...

Rio Tinto locks out US workers to break union

Labour War in the Mojave The biggest hole in California, with the exception of the current state budget, is Rio Tinto’s huge open-pit mine at the town of Boron, near Edwards Air Force Base, eighty miles northeast of Los Angeles. In last year’s contract...

Vedanta snubs British government again

Vedanta Resources has once again snubbed a British government investigation into its planned mine in Orissa, India, by labelling government calls for a change in its corporate behaviour ‘one-sided’, and urging it to ‘rest the case’. See...

Vedanta kicks off breakup with $20bn aluminium float

London-listed Vedanta Resources is ready to begin a massive break-up of its business with the demerger of its $20bn (£13bn) aluminium division. The new firm will be the world’s fourth biggest aluminium player, behind Russia’s United Company Rusal,...

Tribal India battles big business over land

Battles over forcible acquisition of agricultural land for industry are raging across India. In India’s tribal belt, indigenous tribes, known as adivasis, have upset the plans of corporate groups such as Vedanta, Tata Steel [part of Tata Group], Essar Steel and...

Papua Tribe Files $32b Lawsuit Against Freeport

Papua’s Amungme tribe on Monday lodged a new class-action lawsuit against US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan seeking $32.5 billion in material and non-material damages for the alleged illegal acquisition of its ancestral land. The action, filed at the South Jakarta...

Global Climate Battle Plays Out In World Bank

Of course, South Africa shouldn’t be building a huge new coal-fired power plant, should it? Environmental groups are right to protest at World Bank funding for such a construction. Nonetheless, we might raise our eyebrows at news that the US and UK governments...

Eskom's 'Sweetheart Deals'

Arguments around power shortages in South Africa have been raging for some time (with the mining industry grumbling over power outages). At the same time South Africa is Africa’s heaviest polluter due to its dependence on coal-fired electricity. However this...