North Sumatra Energy and Mining Office head Untungta Kaban said PT Sorikmas Mining, which operates in Mandailing Natal regency, had not applied for an Amdal permit, although it has already been operating there for a long time.
The majority of PT Sorikmas Mining’s shares are owned by an Australian company.
“What I know is that the company does not have an Amdal permit. It is currently carrying out explorations,” Untungta said on Tuesday.
Local residents have held repeated rallies over this issue, and have accused the company of damaging Batang Gadis National Park.
In the latest rally on Monday, protesters urged the government to review the company’s contract to work in Mandailing Natal. — JP