In response to intense lobbying from the British government, the European Union last month abandoned its plans to introduce legally-binding regulations on the fracking industry, and instead agreed to introduce a set of non-binding recommendations.
Coal miner Asia Resource Minerals Plc (ARM) has agreed to give the influential Bakrie family four more weeks to fulfill requirements for their split from the company, further delaying a step which could pave the way for the company's turnaround. Indonesia-focused ARM, previously known as Bumi Plc, has been hit by shareholder battles, allegations of wrongdoing and falling coal prices.
Local B'laan leaders, including the son of murdered Bong Fulong [chief] Anteng Freay, have lobbied the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) not to allow a free, prior, informed consent (FPIC) process for the Tampakan project. They believe such a process cannot be free, given the ongoing violence and militarisation of the area.
In December Foil Vedanta activists made a trip to Zambia to investigate the operations of Vedanta subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), Zambia’s biggest copper miner, and to make links with grassroots movements, academics, journalists and those in the political system who may be questioning the unjust terms of copper mining in their country.
Indigenous Sami people in northern Sweden have been resisting mining, with protests held in the north and Stockholm. Last summer activists from across Scandinavia joined Sami and other locals to blockade the British company Beowulf's Kallak mine project in the centre of northern Sweden.