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Northern Dynasty, the Canadian corporation attempting to develop the Pebble Mine in Alaska also eng

Published by MAC on 2005-05-17

Northern Dynasty, the Canadian corporation attempting to develop the Pebble Mine in Alaska also engages in this practice. They have sponsored events through the University of Alaska and, more recently, the following...

Pebble - Mining company, villagers sit down

Inside Alaska business

May 17th, 2005

Northern Dynasty Mines, the Canadian company that hopes to develop the Pebble gold prospect near Iliamna, has flown about 37 community members to Anchorage for a three-day meeting on the project, said Bruce Jenkins, chief operating officer. The members were selected by their Southwest villages to share their ideas and concerns about Pebble and receive a project update, Jenkins said. The meeting began Monday at the Westmark Anchorage hotel and is closed to the public. Pebble, 225 miles southwest of Anchorage, is thought to be the largest gold deposit in North America.

Newmont helps finance seminar

The Jakarta Post, Harry Bhaskara & Jongker Rumteh

May 18, 2005

A two-day international seminar on Buyat Bay hosted by the Manado-based University of Ratulangi (Unsrat) on May 9 and May 10 was sponsored by about 40 companies, including three subsidiaries of the U.S.-based Newmont Mining Corporation.

The three subsidiaries were PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara and Newmont Horas Nauli.

Asked why Unsrat accepted sponsorship from Newmont, which is at the center of the Buyat Bay controversy, Unsrat Rector Dr. Lucky Sondakh said sponsorship was open to anyone as long as there were "no strings attached".

"The sponsorship was not in the form of money but financial support for the travel, food and lodging expenses for participants and honorariums for speakers at the seminar," Sondakh told The Jakarta Post in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Sunday.

"Our principle is 'friendship yes, collusion no,'" he said. Student activists in Manado protested the seminar, saying it was held to promote the interests of Newmont. Sondakh refused to divulge the cost of the seminar. "Just calculate it yourself," he said, "as the sponsors only paid in kind."

Participants paid US$100 to attend the seminar and the organizer said 400 people had registered for the event. The seminar, supported by findings from international bodies including the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Minamata Disease, concluded that Buyat Bay was not polluted.

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