Freeport Rio Tinto Faces Fight with Indonesia

High in the snow-capped mountains, the sight of tribesmen roaming in loincloths contrasts sharply with that of miners using hi-tech machinery to extract gold and copper ore at a huge US-owned facility in remote Papua province. The heavily-guarded complex is the...

Indonesia: Freeport mine stays closed after accident

Indonesia’s government may decide this week on whether to allow Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc to resume open-pit mining, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources said on Tuesday, five weeks after a tunnel collapse killed 28 workers. Freeport suspended...

New accident jeopardizes Freeport-Rio Tinto's Papuan mine

A fortnight ago, twenty eight workers went to their deaths at Freeport-Rio Tinto’s Grasberg mine in Papua. Last Friday, yet another employee was critically injured during another “accident”, leading to renewed calls by trade unions for a thorough...