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Arc Exploration Loses Indonesian Mining Permit

A gold mining and exploration permit granted to an Australian mining company has been revoked by the government of Indonesia. The action was taken following violent protests against the project which included the burning of several government buildings.

The province of West Nusa Tenggara had granted the mining exploration rights to Arc Exploration, an Australian listed company and a local miner called Sumber Mineral Nusantara. The rights were for 250 square km of Sumbawa Island that is close to Bali.

In December last year protests got out of hand in the city of Bima and the police had to open fire to contain them. This firing resulted in the death of two people. This was followed by anti-mining protestors taking to the streets in thousands last week and burning government buildings.

Ferry Zulkarnain, the district head of Bima, said that they had decided to revoke the permit permanently for the sake of security and stability there. He added that they were ready to face any possible legal lawsuit that the mining companies filed against the revocation of the exploratory mining permit.

Arc Exploration has halted the early stage exploration activities that it was engaged in following the violence. It is as yet unclear what course of action the Australian listed company is going to take on the revocation of the exploratory permit.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel Scanlon

Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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