Volume 10, 1999
Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting
Dallas Hanson, Kathy Gibson
Resource Extraction in Remote Regions
Achieving the Momentum That Leads to Responsible Behaviour
The Ok Tedi Mining Ltd mine in a remote region of Papua New Ginea has caused major social and environmental change in its area of operations. It is argued that this traditionally exploitative company was able to mine as they liked for a long period because of media framing of the issue was conventionally commercial and the locals powerless and passive stakeholders. This changed after locals increased their level of activism, mainstream environmental groups gathered and published information and media reframed the issues as an environmental disaster.