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In a phase when Mindex is in dire need of local support for their planned nickel project in Oriental Mindoro, the company has been handing out money and gifts. Politicians at all levels of local authority have received watches, local politicians have had study tours paid for, beauty- and song contests have been sponsored, and journalists have received offers of money to write in favour of the company. Nothing but bribes and violations of the law, say the opponents, while Mindex defend themselves by stating that this is how the Philippino culture is.

The organizations representing the indigenous people in the area of Mindex' concession, were all against the company's plans for mining operations. However, earlier this year a new organization, Kabilogan, was formed. This organization is in favour of the project. No wonder, the critics say; the members of Kabilogan have received financial support, social benefits and - watches.

Saga Petroleum is withdrawing from Indonesia after nine years of gas exploration, and has conducted an environmental status report for the Jambi Merang project in Sumatra. But the report, which concludes that their land based exploration in the jungle has not led to environmental problems, is scriticized severely by a British expert on environmental impact analyses: It is very thin, it does not address important issues, it does not give any recommendations on alleviating measures, and can therefore only be regarded as a trip report. Saga, on the other hand, say that they have obeyed all the laws and rules of the country, and that they have taken more environmental considerations than other oil companies in the area. But the company also informs that they have now tightened up their international environmental policy, and that they would have carried out a more comprehensive environmental assessment of such a project if they were to do it again today. NorWatch recently visited Saga's concession block.
The population in the village Dabokrom in Ghana has sent a protest letter to the Norwegian mining company Mindex, which is prospecting for gold in their neighbourhood. In the letter, the company's Canadian partner is accused of, among other things, withholding information to the local population, giving insufficient compensation for loss of farming products, and of a mining activity which threatens their livelihood. Because Mindex is the majority owner of the concession block where Dabokrom is situated, the village population demands that the Norwegian company must carry out an investigation of the problems. Mindex says to NorWatch that they will discuss the matter with their partner in Ghana, but thinks that the local population's accusations and concerns are much exaggerated.
Two persons from the village Kucheipadar have been arrested, with a total of twelve charges put against them for their work against Norsk Hydro's Utkal project in India. The most serious accusation is attempted murder. At the same time, there has been hectic contact between the partners in Utkal who, according to the Indian press, are arguing about the propulsion of the project.