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Indonesian Update

Published by MAC on 2006-04-22


Indonesian Update

22nd April 2006

When Freeport's Senior VP for Safety, Health and Environment Rusdian Lubis says "The studies showed that the Riverine Tailing Disposal or to be precise, Riverine Tailing Placement came out as the best choice." -he surely must be referring to the cheapest choice for Freeport and not for the rivers of Papua affected by the disposal. Meanwhile, the Indonesian president confirms yet again Freeport's power when it comes to regulating the company for its environmental or social impact. Meanwhile, Rio Tinto joins Inco with plans to exploit nickel on the island of Sulawesi. Rio Tinto has not been forthcoming on any details of a potential mine including where they even plan to exploit the nickel, once known as the devil's copper.

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