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Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 6

Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 6

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Indonesian companies: PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I), PT Berau Karetindo Lestari, PT Rayatama Jaya, PT Pipit Citra Persada, PT Subur Karunia Raya, PT Condong Garut, PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry, PT Sumur Pandanwangi, PT Mulia Inti Perkasa, PT Prasetya Mitra Muda Blok II, PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan

Malaysian company: BLD Plantation Bhd

 

July 2018

Prepared with support from Aidenvironment and MapHubs

 


PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I)

Concession Information: PT Permata Putera Mandiri Blok I is located in the province of West Papua. The concession covers an area of 34,310 hectares1. (Long 132°21’17.93″E, Lat 1°53’45.09″S)

 

 

Deforestation:

In 2015, the ANJ Group was suspended by a number of its palm oil customers over its clearing of forests in the PT Permata Putera Mandiri concession. The company stopped clearing forests for over two years, though started clearance again in late 2017. Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between May 25 to July 9, 2018, a total of 82 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Permata Putera Mandiri Blok I concession.

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite image):

Ownership Information:

Group Ownership – Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ Group)

PT Permata Putera Mandiri is owned by PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Agri, a subsidiary of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ Group)2. Mr. Geetha Govindan is the President Director of Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk.

ANJ Group: Supply Chain Information


PT Berau Karetindo Lestari

 

 

Concession Information: PT Berau Karetindo Lestari is located in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan. The concession covers 7,124 hectares3. (Long 116°59’15.49″E, Lat 2°21’32.30″N)

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between April 17 to July 22, 2018, a total of 122 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Berau Karetindo Lestari concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

 

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images) 

Ownership Information:

Family ownership – Korompis family

PT Berau Karetindo Lestari is ultimately owned by the Korompis family and by Peak Capital Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based holding company owned by Flamire Holdings Limited (registered in the British Virgin Islands). PT Berau Karetindo Lestari Commissioner Daniel Wewengkang Korompis and Director Didi Ferdinand Korompis are listed in the ‘Panama Papers’ for their registered assets in the British Virgin Islands; their company, Solidi Silvester Korompis, is also registered there.

Supply Chain Information:

No supply chain information available


PT Rayatama Jaya (Ex. PT Rimba Karya Rayatama)

 

 

Concession Information: PT Rayatama Jaya is located in Kutai Barat district, East Kalimantan. Based on the 2016 IUP permit, the concession covers 3,912 hectares. (Long 115°28’32.55″E, Lat 0°35’16.42″S)

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period June 22 to July 16, 2018, a total of 22 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Rayatama Jaya concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images) 

Ownership Information:

Group Ownership – Tsani Hutani Abadi Group

PT Rayatama Jaya is part of the Tsani Hutani Abadi Group, ultimately owned by Centrino Investment Ltd, registered in Labuan Island (Malaysia). The Tsani Hutani Abadi Group also owns another plantation company in Kutai Barat, PT Harapan Rimba Haya, PT Kruing Lestari Jaya. Tsani Hutani Abadi’s President Director is Mulyawan Tjandra, who is an ex-Executive Director of Indo Agri Resources. Mr. Gunawan Kosasih is a Director of the group.

Tsani Hutani Abadi Group: Supply Chain Information


PT Pipit Citra Perdana

 

 

Concession Information: PT Pipit Citra Persada is located in Nunukan Regency, East Kalimantan. The concession covers 16,300 hectares. (Long 117° 7’43.56″E, Lat 3°39’18.74″N)

 

 

Peat development: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period May 22 to July 21, 2018, a total of 87 hectares of peat were developed in the PT Pipit Cipta Perdana concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

 

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information: PT Xiang De

PT Pipit Citra Perdana is owned by PT Xiang De and is associated with the Hang Ting Group (Singapore). Juliet Kristianto Liu is the director of both PT Pipit Citra Perdana and Hang Ting Group.7 Hang Ting has a joint-venture palm oil company with QL Resources Sdn Bhd called PT Pipit Mutiara Indah,8 located in the same district as PT Pipit Citra Perdana.

Supply Chain Information:

No supply chain information available


PT Subur Karunia Raya

 

 

Concession Information: PT Subur Karunia Raya is located in Teluk Bintuni Regency, in the province of West Papua. The concession covers 40,882 hectares. (Long 133° 0’24.61″E, Lat 1°53’10.84″S)

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period May 2 to June 22, 2018, a total of 129 hectares of forest were cleared and a further 125 hectares of forest were prepared for land clearing in the PT Subur Karunia Raya concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information 

Family ownership – Tuan Junus Sutiono and Tuan Watson Dharma

PT Subur Karunia Raya is 99.6% owned by PT Mulia Abadi Lestari10, controlled by Tuan Junus Sutiono and Tuan Watson Dharma. PT Mulia Abadi Lestari owns 29.1% shares in PT Duta Rendra Mulya, a plantation company majority owned by Anthoni Salim (the CEO and President of the Salim Group).

Supply Chain Information:

No supply chain information available


PT Condong Garut

 

 

Concession Information: PT Condong Garut is located in West Kalimantan. The concession covers 13,32611 hectares. (Long 109°17’49.76″E, Lat 0°17’31.81″N)

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period May 21 to July 19, 2018, a total of 52 hectares of peat forest were cleared in the PT Condong Garut concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information:

PT Condong Garut is owned by an individual, Mr. Haji Hutomo Mandala Putra12. The palm oil plantations of PT Condong Garut are managed by JA Wattie & Co.

Supply Chain Information:

Sinar Mas Agro Resources is the main buyer of JA Wattie & Co., according to JA Wattie & Co.’s 2017 annual report.


PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry

 

 

Concession Information: PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry is located in Kapuas Hulu Regency, West Kalimantan. The concession covers 19,150 hectares14. (Lon: 111°52’21.88″E, Lat: 0°41’58.72″N)

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period June 22 to July 24, 2018, a total of 35 hectares of peatland forest were cleared and an additional 60 hectares of peatland forest were prepared for land clearing in the PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

 

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information: 

Group ownership – Evershine Asset Corporation and Everbright Resources Corporation

PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry is owned by Evershine Asset Corporation (90%) and Everbright Resources Corporation (10%), through PT Kencana Agung Lestari and PT Binanusa Mukti Sentosa. Everbright Resources Corporation also ultimately owns PT Buana Tunas Sejahtera and PT Sentrakarya Manunggal; these two companies share the same President Director (Johanes Ibrahim Tjendana), Director (Juliana Lukmin) and President Commissioner (Ricky Surjana).

 

Supply Chain Information:


PT Sumur Pandanwangi

 

 

Concession Information: PT Sumur Pandanwangi is located in Seruyan Regency, Central Kalimantan. The concession covers 7,492 hectares15. (Long: 112°36’52.62″E, Lat: 3°19’29.78″S)

 

 

Peat Development:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period April 24 to July 11, 2018, a total of 243 hectares of peat were developed in the PT Sumur Pandanwangi concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information:

Group – Musirawas

PT Sumur Pandawangi is a part of the Musirawas Group, which is still commonly referred to as the Asam Jawa Group.

The Musirawas Group owns three plantation companies which operate in the Seruyan and East Kotawaringin districts of Central Kalimantan. Together they hold a total land bank of 34,000 hectares, with roughly 24,000 hectares producing oil palm. Musirawas has four operational palm oil mills.

The founder of the oil palm operations is Mr. Widjojo Soejono, was a General in the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI). Each of his five children have a 20% share in the company.

Musirawas Group: Supply Chain Information

 


PT Mulia Inti Perkasa

 

 

Concession Information: PT Mulia Inti Perkasa is located in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan. The concession covers 5,686 hectares. (Long: 116°55’5.70″E, Lat: 2°18’2.01″N)

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period May 11 to July 19, 2018, a total of 30 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Mulia Inti Perkasa concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information:

Group ownership – Widya Corporation

PT Mulia Inti Perkasa is part of the Widya Corporation.17 Through its fully owned subsidiary, PT Unggul Widya Teknologi Lestari18, it has a total planted area of ~30,000 hectares and owns 5 palm oil mills in West Sulawesi and East Kalimantan.

Mr. Tjokro Putro Wibowo is the Chief Director of the Widya Corporation and PT Unggul Widya Teknologi Lestari. He also serves as general secretary deputy of the Board of the (Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI)19 and he is a member of the Indonesian Palm Oil Board (DMSI).

Widya Corporation: Supply Chain Information


PT Prasetya Mitra Muda Blok II

 

 

Concession Information: PT Prasetya Mitra Muda Blok II is located in Gunung Mas Regency, Central Kalimantan. The concession covers 2,475 hectares. (Long: 113°38’54.06″E, Lat: 1°37’26.74″S)

 

 

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period June 3 to July 6, 2018, a total of 45 hectares of forest were cleared in PT Prasetya Mitra Muda Blok II concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

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Ownership Information: 

Group ownership – Samuel International Group

PT Prasetya Mitra Muda is 49.7% owned by Samuel International Group, with the remaining shares owned by Samuel International’s Executive Director and other related members of associated companies22. The Executive Director of Samuel International’s oil palm operations is Mr. Teguh Patriawan. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Plantation Committee of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin). Samuel International Group subsidiaries include PT Samuel Sekuritas Indonesia and PT Samuel Asset Manajemen, which is among the 10 largest asset managers in Indonesia.

Samuel International Group: Supply Chain Information 


PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan

 

 

Concession Information: PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan is located in Katingan Regency, Central Kalimantan. The concession covers 13,382 hectares.

(Long: 113°21’2.52″E, Lat: 1°35’59.06″S)

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period June 6 to July 6, 2018, a total of 87 hectares of forest were cleared and a further 28 hectares of forest were prepared for land clearing in the PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images) 

Ownership Information: 

Group Ownership – Makin Group

PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan is part of the Makin Group, which is owned by Mr. Susilo Wonowidjojo and his family.

Supply Chain Information:


BLD Plantation Bhd 

 

 

Concession Information: BLD Plantation Bhd is located in Sarawak, Malaysia. The concession covers 20,158 hectares. (Long 111°47’22.67″E, Lat 2°35’49.80″N)

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period June 14 to July 9, 2018, a total of 78 hectares of peat forest were cleared (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information

Group Ownership – KTS Group

BLD Plantation Bhd is part of the KTS group of companies. The group is controlled by the Lau family and their relatives, as well as the Wan Hamid family. Dato Henry Lau Lee Kong is the Executive Chairman of BLD Plantation, while Mr. Haji Wan Abdillah bin Wan Hamid is the group’s Executive Director. Lau is also the Honorary Secretary of the Sarawak Timber Association (STA).

Supply Chain Information: 


References:

Satellite imagery: 

Planet Team (2017). Planet Application. Program Interface: In Space for Life on Earth. San Francisco, CA. https://api.planet.com

Sources for supply chain information:

The supply chain information included in this Rapid Response report is based on the following publicly disclosed sources. Mighty Earth encourages companies to send updated versions of mill disclosures as soon as they become available and any decision to terminate supplies with a given company listed in those mill disclosures; please send to [email protected]


Largest Set of Environmental Groups Ever Ask the EPA for Food-Based Biofuel Volume Reductions

Mighty Earth is proud to join nearly 20 organizations from around the world in asking the EPA to ensure that biofuel mandates are set at levels that don’t drive the destruction of native habitats – be that grassland in the American Midwest or tropical forests in southeast Asia. Increased crop production for corn ethanol, soy and palm biodiesel and other food-based fuels destroys native habitats, pollutes drinking water, and worsens the climate crisis. Most biofuels now on the market appear to be a cure worse than the disease.

Together we urge EPA to consider the following issues when finalizing its 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations rule:

  • Reducing the mandated volume of corn ethanol
  • Limiting the growth of vegetable oil-based biofuels
  • Implementing the severe environmental harm waiver
  • Ending unlawful RFS-induced land conversion and the destruction of native habitats
  • Assessing impacts under the Endangered Species Act

Below is a list of organizations who have signed onto the comments. View the full comments here

Action for Ecology and People’s Emancipation (AEER) Indonesia
ActionAid USA
ARA, Germany
Biofuelwatch
Clean Air Task Force
Dogwood Alliance
Earthjustice
EcoNexus
Estonian Forest Aid
Fern
Global Forest Coalition
Mighty Earth
National Wildlife Federation
Partnership for Policy Integrity
Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Rescue
Sawit Watch
Sierra Club


Local residents gather to send Tyson Foods a message: “Don’t Tread on Tennessee”

Around 80 residents of Haywood County and several neighboring West Tennessee communities gathered at a town hall meeting this month to send a clear message to Tyson Foods: “Don’t Tread on Tennessee.”

Attendees expressed concern about water and air pollution associated with Tyson’s expanding poultry operations in the region, and many shared their frustrations over the complete deregulation of the poultry industry in TN over the past several years. Others called for “big state government” to get off the backs of local governments seeking to enforce more stringent zoning regulations for industrial poultry operations than what the state compels.

Tyson’s Tennessee expansion comes after citizens of Tonganoxie, Kansas protested and rejected the company’s $320 million proposal to build a new chicken processing plant in their region. Citizens of Tonganoxie, Kansas cited concerns about the social and environmental impacts of the company’s proposal, including water pollution risks, as grounds for the rejection.

In May, Tyson broke ground on an industrial poultry processing plant in Gibson County, TN without complete permits from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation. Tyson also plans to increase capacity at its Union City processing plant in nearby Obion County. According to Tyson, these two plants will process an estimated 120 million chickens each year and will require an additional 587 industrial chicken houses that will generate significant quantities of manure and other air, water, and public health pollutants. This expansion is set to occur along significant tributaries of the Mississippi River that are already classified as impaired by the EPA due to runoff pollution from industrial agriculture operations.

Natalie Pinner, a sixth-generation farm owner from Haywood County, discussed how Tyson growers from Arkansas recently tried to buy two neighboring properties on both sides of her family farm. “I don’t think when they came to Haywood County they realized we were going to put up this kind of fight,” said Pinner. “We do everything as a community and I just want them to realize we’re not standing for it.”

Other attendees included state Rep. Johnny Shaw, House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, President and CEO of the Brownsville/Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Steve Hilton, and a number of candidates for county mayor, county commission, and state representative. In the week following the town hall, two major opponents to Tyson’s expansion were elected to local office: David Livingston was elected Mayor of Haywood County, and Sharon Hayes was elected to the Haywood County Commission, which oversees local zoning.

“Tyson has a long track record of ignoring concerns from local communities about water and public health risks from its operations and pushing clean-up costs for its pollution onto taxpayers,” said Lucia von Reusner, Campaign Director for Mighty Earth. “Given the company’s poor reputation on the environment and community health, it’s no surprise that local residents in Tennessee don’t want Tyson as a neighbor.”