Mining in West Papua

TitleMining in West Papua
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2009
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThe Grasberg Mine in West Papua, New Guinea is one of the largest, most productive open-pit copper mines in the world. PT Freeport, who owns and operates the mine since 1967 is one of the largest contributors to Indonesia's economy, and is extremely profitable for its shareholders. The copper it mines is crucial for the beginnings of industry and consumer electricity, especially for the developing world. However, the open-pit mine contributes to the loss of rich land and wild life, and the mine produces quite a bit of waste materials that is released into the Fly river. The mine also has caused problems for two indigenous tribes in the area, and has eroded the traditional living arrangements. To help deal with protests by the indigenous tribes, the the mining company has hired private security that has been implicated in numerous beatings, killings, and bombings since the 1960's. They have also offered to compensate members of the tribes at the rate of 1% of the mine's annual profit.
NotesCase Study from the 2009 Regional Ethics Bowl. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2009
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