The Scottish Wildlife Trust is calling for the damage caused by opencast coal mining to be paid for by the companies that make profit from coal mining, and not by local communities and the taxpayer.
The Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project has launched its Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, a visually attractive and interactive online mapping platform detailing around 1000 environmental conflicts (and growing). It allows users to search and filter across 100 fields and to browse by commodity, company, country and type of conflict.
Over the past few weeks Foil Vedanta’s report Copper Colonialism: Vedanta KCM and the copper loot of Zambia has been creating national level debate in Zambia and even globally. Vedanta’s executives have now flown out to Zambia three times to try to minimise the reputational damage caused by the evidence presented in the report, including tax evasion, misdeclaring of profits, environmental devastation and abuses of worker’s rights.
The London-listed company has been accused of making payments to Indian political parties which are illegal, since it's based in the UK. Having already divested from Vedanta in 2007, the Norwegian Pension Fund has now also excluded Sesa Goa on the grounds that it's a newly-formed subsidiary, and was not subject to theearlier divestment.
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will examine whether to block a massive gold and copper mine proposed in Alaska - a major win for environmentalists, native tribes and commercial fishing companies that have been seeking to kill the project for more than three years. Anglo American owned 50% of the venture but pulled out last year; Rio Tinto is involved but is also considering withdrawing.
A Chilean court has annulled the record-breaking fine imposed by a local regulator on Barrick Gold Corp for damage caused by its Pascua Lama gold-silver project, saying the original court documents were riddled with "errors and illegalities". But operations at Pascua-Lama must remain suspended while Barrick improves water management systems at the US$8.5 billion project on the Chilean-Argentinian border. Barrick is a Canadian company in which there is major British investment.
A 96-page report from Human Rights Watch, "Whose Development?: Human Rights Abuses in Sierra Leone's Mining Boom," documents how the government and London-based African Minerals Limited forcibly relocated hundreds of families from verdant slopes to a flat, arid area in Tonkolili District. As a result, residents lost their ability to cultivate crops and engage in income generating activities that once sustained them. Police carried out a bloody crackdown in the town of Bumbuna in April 2012 to quell a protest by workers who went on strike after being barred from forming a union of their own choosing.