presence of PT. Newmont Nusa Tenggara – a tributary company of Newmont
Mining Corporation – at West Nusa Tenggara province has significantly
changed the common and peacefull life of native inhabitants. Promising
welfare of gold sparkling is utilized by the company as a lullaby to lull
the people of the lowest human resources rating province of Indonesia, so
they careless toward the enormous threats that waiting behind.
acknowledge, mining is an extremely high stakes game for public policy and
finance markets. It jeopardizes both communities and ecosystems. Mining
industry always highlights its adequacy to generate wealth and its
engineering prowess, but its accountability for the massive accumulation
of risks, costs and liabilities has never been addressed. Its wealth has
been abused to control and to dominate public policy and public forum in
order to prevent any serious challenge to the unsustainable status quo.
real benefaction of mining includes death pool areas of abandoned mines,
billions of dollars of restoration liability for acid mine drainage
contamination, extensive disruption of critical habitat areas, profound
social impacts in many mining communities, and the boom and bust upheaval
of local economies.
considerable corporate and government public relation campaign, the
sustainability promises of 'multi-stakeholder' agreements have not
materialized for the public interest. The results are industry-dominated
policy regimes, dwindling regulatory enforcement, ongoing ecological
impacts, and continued political pressure for communities to expose
themselves to these risks without adequate information, safeguards or
particularly in remote areas such as those of surrounding Batu Hijau
project, are often faced with the dilemma of weighing promises and
short-term benefits against the potential for long-term, high-cost
impacts. Without adequate support for local communities, this dilemma
plays to the advantage of the transient interests of the mining industry,
not to community sustainability.
of most communities to respond effectively to mining pressures and threats
has been limited by the wealthy of mining companies. We perceive that
political and mass media leverage spawned by mining companies through
their campaigns are successful in diminishing a significant range of
opportunities for public participation in decision-making processes. The
lack of independent experts and honest politicians combined with the
massive political pressure associated with the multi-million dollar
promises path the way to irresponsible practice of a mining project.
to these daunting political forces, activists from a broad range of
sectors and regions have worked towards the establishment of an
organization to work solely to watch over PT. Newmont Nusa Tenggara.
Strategically, targeted research, education, advocacy and litigation are
needed to affect both the practices of the mining company and the public
policy to offer safeguards for individuals, communities and ecosystems.