Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Buyat Bay is a small bay located on the South Beach Peninsula Minahasa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Administratively, the bay is located in Southeast Minahasa district. Since 1996, Newmont Mining Corporation under the branches of PT. Newmont Minahasa Raya use this bay as the stockpiling of tailings (mining waste) to gold mining activities. In 2004, locals in the area protested some unusual health problems are more suspicious of violating the rules of Newmont mining waste levels that contaminate the region with hazardous materials. WALHI, Indonesian environmental activists, claimed Newmont stockpiled 2,000 tons of tailings into the bay every day. In 2004, finally shut down mining activity while the post-mining environmental monitoring continued until 2008. Buyat Bay on the southeastern side arm of the northern peninsula of Sulawesi, facing the Molucca Sea. Around this bay live a number of fishermen. Since 1996, Buyat used as a regional landfill for the Mesel Gold Mine, run by PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation, which owns 80%. Tailings from gold mining was a smooth rock and found gold there. The pipeline was built to channel the tailings from the mining area to the bay that extends about 900 m to the sea and stockpiling materials m.Pada intu at a depth of 82 July 2004, several NGOs started a campaign accuse PT Newmont Minahasa Raya polluting Buyat intentionally, the adverse effects on the health of local residents.