Coal Mining: One More Threat to Orangutans

Mining company BHP Billiton, which previously gave money to help support orangutan conservation efforts, has lobbied heavily to remove the protected status of tropical forests in Borneo and now plans to raze those forests to create open cast coal mines, according to a report this weekend in The Times. BHP has secured the rights to exploit seven forest mines in the biodiversity-rich Heart of Borneo. One of those sites is just two miles away from an area where it helped to relocate orangutans which had previously lost their habitat.

According to The Times: "The 120,000 acres covered by the company’s concession were once almost entirely protected forest but under the latest plans only a small proportion will be protected and the company hopes to extract more than 5m tons of coal a year."

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