Communities oppose BHPs plans for massive expansion of coal mining in Indonesian Borneo

Friends of the Earth Indonesia has released a compelling new short film. Including testimonies from communities and civil society groups across Central Kalimantan and Australia's own Hunter Valley, it highlights the impacts of BHPs massive Indomet project and a proposed coal railway that cuts through the heart of the forests and wetlands of Borneo. 

 
In November last year members of Friends of the Earth Indonesia (WALHI) travelled to Australia to raise awareness about the push to expand export coal mining in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Australian coal miners are major investors in the rapidly expanding coal industry in Kalimantan. In the Upper Barito Basin, BHP Billiton are fast tracking plans to clear rich tropical rainforests for open cut coal mines. These plans threaten some of the most important rainforests in the world. Coal expansion is also a major driver of climate change, water pollution, and undermines local communities, where indigenous connections to land are ongoing.
 
Friends of the Earth calls on BHP and the World Bank to shelve their plans to destroy these precious forests and halt large scale coal mining in Central Kalimantan.
 
 
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