Greenpeace reveals rights abuse, environment contamination committed by Indonesia’s largest coal miner


Greenpeace reveals rights abuse, environment contamination committed by Indonesia’s largest coal miner

JAKARTA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — International environmentalist organization Greenpeace revealed on Thursday human rights abuse and environment pollution related to operation of the largest coal mine in Indonesia Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC), and urged financiers of the firm to take measures in addressing those issues.

“We call on all banks, financiers and shareholders of Bumi Resources to use their influence on this company and their subsidiaries to bring an end to those issues,” Greenpeace Southeast Asia Climate and Energy Campaigner Arif Fiyanto said in a statement.

He referred to Indonesian firm that co-owning KPC with Indian prominent business group of TATA.

The KPC coal mine produces 50 million tons of coals per annum, making it one of the world’s largest.

He added that the financiers can cancel their loans, preventing from issuing further loans to Bumi Resources or any company associated with it, take steps toward public divestment from those firms. Among financial institutions providing loans to KPC were Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and some Chinese ones.

Referring to a fresh report compiled by Indonesia’s Mining Advocacy Network JATAM after its field visit conducted in June this year, it was learned that the operation of KPC contaminates major rivers in the province and destroys the livelihood thousands of indigenous Dayak people.

“No compensation has been received by Dayak people either from government or the firm regarding the losses they have suffered related to KPC operation. They are now facing increasing risk from flood, and lost their land and other resources,” the report said.

The reports said that indigenous Basap Dayak tribe has been expelled from their ancestral neighborhood of Keraitan village due to KPC operation.

“They are now being intimidated by the KPC to move to other place and local municipality government stops providing teachers and medical workers in their village,” it said.

According to the report, wastes from KPC coal mine were dumped into the province’s prominent rivers of Sangatta and Bengalon, killing fishes and damaging aquatic lives of the rivers.

Those rivers are now heavily polluted by metal substances, with lead concentration 18 times higher than the allowed level. “Due to that people living in those areas had to buy water for their daily life,” the reports said.

Besides that, three villages and main roads passing through those areas were frequently inundated with flooding caused by spillover from those rivers. Besides, the people living near the mine area are also suffering from dust and frequent explosion sounds.

“The explosions have cracked the walls of houses, making children cry as they were startled by the explosion during their sleeps,” the report said.

Source: Global Post