The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) confirmed that 100% of its membership, or 80 000 workers, had gone on strike at platinum producers Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Impala Platinum (Implats).
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.
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.