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“It is a bit rich for former BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus to talk about declining productivity growth when an analysis of the figures actually reveals that productivity in the non-mining sectors is growing quite rapidly. The irony is that it is the rapid decline in productivity in the mining industry that is driving down the national figures,” Richard Denniss, The Australian Institute.” Read the rest of this entry »

Al Jazeera reports on the true costs of Australia’s mining boom which includes the ‘Big Australian’ BHP Billiton’s role in the growing concerns of the destruction to the environment, families, Aboriginal communities and the future of Australia as a sustainable, clean and just country.

Wednesday 8 June 2011
Greenpeace activists are currently obstructing a coal train at Mount Arthur coal mine owned by BHP Billiton – one of Australia’s most polluting companies – in the Hunter Valley. One activist – Erland Howden – has secured himself in a tiny box and is prepared to stay there for 72 hours. Read the rest of this entry »

With the recent catastrophic events in Japan, particularly the disaster at the Fukushima, uranium companies have seen dramatic drops in their share prices. BHP Billiton is re-considering their expansion of the Olympic Dam copper, uranium and gold mine in South Australia.

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Barry FitzGerald
Sydney Morning Herald
March 16 2011

AS THE struggle continues to bring the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant north of Tokyo back under control, BHP Billiton is weighing up a $30 billion expansion of its Olympic Dam copper, uranium and gold mine. Read the rest of this entry »

Green Left Weekly

Sunday, March 6, 2011
Kerryn Williams

Mining company BHP Billiton’s whopping $10.5 billion profit for the second half of 2010 highlights the shameless greed of those making a fortune out of Australia’s valuable resources.

Remember the tantrum thrown by BHP, Rio Tinto and Xstrata less than a year ago after then-PM Kevin Rudd proposed the Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT)?

The RSPT wasn’t a radical proposal. Part of the revenue from the modest 40% tax would have been returned to the corporate sector, helping to fund a cut in the already low corporate tax rate and various subsidies to mining.  Read the rest of this entry »

Will BHP Billiton finally take responsibility for their poor safety record in Australia? Read the rest of this entry »

Dharawal is one of the few coal mine proposals in Australia to be stopped

The Dharawal is a wild area of swamps and streams forming the pristine headwaters of the Georges River, just at the southern and south western edge of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. It is habitat to endangered and vulnerable species and has many significant and hidden aboriginal sites. Read the rest of this entry »

On Sunday 28th November 2010 over 1500 people gathered in Perth in Western Australia to support the protection of the Kimberley Region in Western Australia from massive polluting industrialization being pushed by corporate oil and gas giants, BHP Billiton, Woodside Petroleum, Chevron, BP and Shell.

More info here:
http://www.savethekimberley.com

Koori Mail
01-Dec-2010
http://bhpbillitonwatch.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/koori-bhp-1-12-10.pdf

PROTESTERS outside BHP Billiton’s annual general meeting in Perth have slammed the resource giant’s uranium mining plans in Australia.

Conservation groups, unions and Aboriginal traditional owner groups voiced their environmental concerns at the Perth Convention and Exhibition centre on 16 November. They raised particular concerns about BHP proposed uranium mine at Yeelirrie in Western Australia’s Goldfields region. Conservation Council of WA director Piers Verstegen said BHP had been acting behind the scenes to -prevent’ a public inquiry from going ahead into uranium mining in WA. Read the rest of this entry »

Radio Australia, Pacific Beat Home
November 17, 2010 18:19:08

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Across the Pacific region managing the development of major mining projects usually involves dealing with the concerns and grievances of traditional landowners.

In Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province, landowners have been fighting to stop the Ramu Nickel Mine over fears it will dump mine waste into the sea and ruin their environment. Read the rest of this entry »

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