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Bishop urges a stop of manganese mining in W. Timor

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 16 2011   /  08:00 am

Atambua Bishop Mgr. Dominikus Saku Pr. called on manganese miners in West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), to immediately halt their activities and urged the government not to process more than 400 license proposals submitted by investors for mining activities.

“The cash that the people directly receive from mining activities is not comparable to the damage to the environment that the [mining] activities have caused,” Dominikus said in Kefamenanu, North Timor Tengah regency, Thursday.

He said that mining activities had damaged the environment in the region and people had been leaving behind their main occupation as farmers.

He added that West Timor had been experiencing a cultural crisis, in which people wanted to earn money easily without considering the environmental impacts.

Statistics show that 72.6 percent of the NTT population are elementary school g...