[INDONESIA-NEWS] JKTP - Four Missing in Freeport Accident

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Date: Mon May 08 2000 - 19:39:47 EDT


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   Four missing in Freeport accident
   
   National News - May 06, 2000
   
   JAYAPURA, Irian Jaya (JP): Four people were reported missing after the
   collapse of a large pile of waste belonging to giant mining company PT
   Freeport Indonesia at the Grasberg mine in Tembagapura, Mimika regency
   collapsed on Thursday.
   
   Blaming four days of rainfall, which reached an average of 40
   millimeters a day recently, PT Freeport Indonesia president director
   Adrie Machribie said the four missing people were employees of PT
   Petrosea and PT Graha Buana Jaya, contractors to PT Freeport
   Indonesia.
   
   "We regret the incident and every effort is being made to locate the
   four and to inform and console their families," he said. He failed to
   identify the four.
   
   PT Freeport Indonesia head office in Jakarta issued a media release on
   Friday saying that the incident, which took place at 9:50 p.m. local
   time Thursday, was caused by the slippage of overburden waste, which
   caused a wave of water and material to overtop the Wanagon basin
   spillway and enter Wanagon valley.
   
   The flood also hit Banti village, some 12 kilometers downstream of the
   Wanagon basin. "No injuries were reported at Banti," Machribie said.
   
   The incident came as Freeport was under fire for allegedly failing to
   minimize the environmental impact of its mining activities.
   
   Freeport Indonesia is 81.28 percent owned by U.S. mining company
   Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold with the Indonesia government and PT
   Indocopper Investama Corporation holding each a 9.36 percent stake in
   the company. (eba/sur)

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