Tribe readies for battle against Vedanta's mine

The Dongria Kondh tribe who live in the Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa do not normally go to the top of the bauxite-rich slopes. The hilltop is considered sacred, the place where their presiding deity Niyam Raja (literally, the King of Law), or the Universal Lawgiver, is...

Barrick Gold and its disputes in Dominican Republic

The world’s biggest corporate gold miner, Barrick, has been saddled with yet another accusation that it’s been operating illegally – this time in the Dominican Republic. Coincidentally, the issue of the contract between Pueblo Viejo Dominicana...

Farmers claim win in BHP fight

Australian farmers fighting  proposed coal mining by the world’s biggest mining company recently vowed to continue their struggle, after losing a court action. Now they have been partially vindicated, as the country’s Supreme Court finds that BHP...

Goldcorp's Guatemala mine 'exploiting' locals

Rights activists and residents have accused the Canadian owners of Guatemala’s largest gold mine of exploiting local communities. Most worrying, they say, is the use of highly toxic cyanide to separate gold particles from the rock. Some residents claim that...

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,...