Don’t Allow Mining Companies to Pump Toxic Waste Into the Ocean

Target: Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

Goal: Deny permission to mining companies to dispose of mining waste in Indonesian waters.

Indonesia is considering granting permission to mining companies to begin deep-sea tailings disposal (DSTD), endangering local wildlife and public health for tens of thousands of people. DSTD removes mining waste by ejecting toxic chemicals used in ore processing deep into the ocean floor by pipeline. The practice has come under criticism since a similar project in Papua New Guinea resulted in a spill of toxic mud into the ocean last year.

The Indonesian government has ambitions to turn the country into a major producer of batteries and electric vehicles, which is why they’re giving serious thought to allowing two mining corporations to use an acid-based washing process to mine nickel. The government has insisted that they will take steps to reduce the risks of DSTD, but there is no way to guarantee the safety of ecosystems or people when lethal chemicals are being pumped directly into the ocean. Sign the petition below to demand that permission be denied to mining concerns to poison Indonesia’s environment.


Dear Dr. Siti Nurbaya,

As the need to move firmly away from destructive practices like deep-sea tailings disposal becomes ever clearer, now is not the time for Indonesia to encourage the practice. This disposal method is deeply irresponsible and has been the cause of numerous accidents and threats to wild and human life. I urge you to deny permission to the mining companies asking to begin this poisonous practice and instead work to find more responsible, ethical ways to undertake economic projects for Indonesia’s benefit.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Sémhur

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  1. Jose Espino says:

    The problem of saving the ecosystem is that by the time it happens we won’t be here to enjoy it.

  2. I certainly won’t visit Indonesia again if they go ahead with this destructive behaviour.
    Short term greed!

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