The governments of Bougainville and Papua New Guinea start planning how to clean up the severely polluted site of the Panguna mine. Rio Tinto was meant to play a supporting role in this but ends up walking away from the problem and the environmental degradation it caused which has lasting impacts on people’s lives.


The Panguna mine’s entire history of displacing and dispossessing local people, dumping toxic waste and thus severely impacting people’s health and livelihoods is noticeably absent from Rio Tinto’s own timeline.


Cut and Run report by LMN