Depends what you call it really.
Research by the British charity CAFOD claims that some community leaders in Macambol, on the southern island of Mindanao, were bribed up to £12,000 – thirty-two times a typical annual salary – to approve the scheme.
Reads differently if you call it compensation funnelled through the community leaders, doesn\’t it?
Still, the bit that interested me was this:
The mine will use a new method of extracting the nickel using hot sulphuric acid.
Called, I think, heat leaching. Been tried out in Australia a few times. Depends upon what exactly the ore is but when the process has been used in Oz a possible byproduct has been….scandium!