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Giant Waste-Spewing Mine Turns Into a Battleground in Indonesia

Danielle Bochove, David Stringer
Giant Waste-Spewing Mine Turns Into a Battleground in Indonesia

The discharge of what are called tailings, the leftovers of mineral extraction, is perfectly legal under Freeport’s current contract with the government. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, really, considering most every other miner in the world has been forced or has elected to stop discarding tailings in rivers. Freeport, though, has said that won’t happen at Grasberg.