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Jakarta Post

Mining accident tip of iceberg

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 1 2019   /  12:59 am

A mining accident that has killed seven miners and trapped at least 33 others at an unauthorized gold mine in Bolaang Mongondow regency, North Sulawesi, is merely the tip of the iceberg of rampant unlicensed mining practices across the country.On Tuesday evening, a landslide occurred in Bakan village, located around five hours’ drive from the provincial capital of Manado, when the mine’s supporting beams and planks collapsed as a result of unstable soil. The incident initially trapped around 60 workers.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry was the first to confirm the status of the mining site, calling the mine “illegal”. This was later echoed by gold mining company PT J Resources Asia Pasifik, which also confirmed that the accident had occurred on a land plot within their concession area.“The unauthorized mining site is located outside our company operations site, and the ...