There are moves afoot to re-open the Rio Tinto-owned Panguna copper mine and many people on Bougainville believe it is the only way Bougainville will get to the economic self-sufficiency it needs if it is to win independence from Papua New Guinea. Can Bougainville find an economically sustainable path without the mine?
Alaska Native Tribes, jewellers, investors, commercial fishermen and conservation groups have applauded the EPA’s Final Study of Large-Scale Mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Watershed. London-listed Anglo American pulled out of the project last year; Rio Tinto is considering doing likewise.
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.