Rio Tinto subsidiary's Bougainville Mining Lease expires

The Bougainville Mining Lease cannot be reviewed, despite its recent expiration, because of an automatic 21-year extension clause under the Bougainville Agreement.
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Cerrejon adopts human rights policy

Cerrejon Coal, a joint venture of London-listed Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Xstrata, has adopted a human rights policy. It remains to be seen how closely the company will live up to it. If it does so, communities around the mine would benefit. See...

South Africa's gold miners denied access to silicosis checks

A lawyer for hundreds of former South African gold miners has accused their ex-employers of failing to provide access to regular check-ups for silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhaling dust. Richard Meeran of London law firm Leigh Day said thousands of...

More "accidents" at Vedanta's Indian copper smelter

It should have been shut down nearly a year ago. But, despite an order by the Madras High Court, UK-listed Vedanta Resources has been allowed to continue operating its highly-polluting Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) copper smelter in Tamil Nadu. On 17 August 2011, according...

Keeping Tabs on Sarawak's "corrupt" chief minister

A massive Malaysian conglomerate, headed by the chief minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud (“Taib”), is now being investigated by the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission. Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS), which is controlled by Taib and his family, face...

Mining's toxic sludge threatens Johannesburg

Thousands of people face evacuation from greater Johannesburg in the Gauteng province – the economic heartland of South Africa – due to toxic sludge from abandoned gold mines laced with high radiation levels. See...