On the final day of the government coal phase-out consultation, we gathered with friends and allies from Friends of the Earth, London Mining Network, Biofuelwatch, Fossil Free UCL and more, in a creative demonstration to say ‘Ditch Coal Now!’
For decades, the gold mining industry ignored health and safety standards and exposed black workers to silicosis and tuberculosis. Class action cases are still in court, with the Supreme Court of Appeal to decide whether they can go ahead. An out-of-court settlement, however, looks likely.
The New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) has once again rejected Anglo American’s proposed expansion of its Drayton South mine on the grounds it would cause air quality and blast noise effects which couldn’t be mitigated and “would have unacceptable negative economic and social impacts in the locality.” The PAC concluded the mine expansion - which was strongly opposed by landowner and an internationally renowned horsebreeding industry - was “not in the public interest.” Versions of the mine expansion proposal have been rejected twice by PAC and twice on appeal. Landowners are pressing the state government to permanently exclude the area from further mining. (Many thanks to Coal Wire for this summary.)
Shareholders are pressuring miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc to stand up to the Indonesian government over changes the southeast Asian country wants to make in the U.S. miner's contract. Rio Tinto Plc, which is a partner in Freeport's massive Grasberg copper and gold mine, is also supportive of Freeport's tougher approach towards Jakarta.
Over 19 thousand workers of PT Freeport Indonesia and its affiliated contractor and privatized companies face the threat of losing their jobs if the US-based copper and gold mining firm halts its production and exports. Rio Tinto is a major investor in Freeport's Grasberg mine.
The coal power station at Aberthaw is not just polluting much of South Wales with its filthy emissions. It could also be seriously damaging the health of children in Colombia with coal dust from BHP Billiton's massive Cerrejón coal mine. In this open letter, Luz Ángela Uriana Epiayu implores RWE npower to shut down its stinking, obsolete and illegal power station.
The documentary directed by Bianca Bauer and produced by the Lawyers' Collective José Alvear Restrepo (CAJAR) tells the story of Moisés Daniel Guette Uriana, a two-year-old indigenous Wayuu boy who lives next to the coal mine Cerrejón in La Guajira, Colombia, and suffers from respiratory illnesses.
Mining is a major economic activity in South Africa. But it is entangled with the atrocious legacies of apartheid. It benefits mostly elite whites to the exclusion of the black majority who suffer most from the harmful effects such as environmental degradation and poor health. Black resistance against the evils of mining has a long history. Now it needs to be strengthened.