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Indonesia faces environmental time bomb after coal bust

Mining companies fail to pay their share of billions of dollars owed to repair the ravaged landscape they leave behind

Most of the mining licences went to small firms, many of which have gone bankrupt or simply abandoned their operations, mining industry officials say.

Samarinda, Indonesia

THOUSANDS of mines are closing in Indonesia's tropical coal belt as prices languish and seams run dry. But almost none of the companies has paid its share of billions of dollars owed to repair the badly scarred landscape they have left behind.

Abandoned mine

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