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Today at the annual general meeting for the largest mining company in the world, BHP Billiton, aboriginal elders and civil society representatives have attended to share their concerns.

Delegates included:

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott and Peter Watts (Arabunna), Richard Evans – Yeelirrie, Tomohiro Matsuoka – Japan for Peace, Mia Pepper – Conservation Council WA

Dave Sweeney – Australian Conservation Foundation, Donna Jackson – Larrakia nation, Mitch – Arrente and many others – including Christian Miller from Chile.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott addressed supporters gathered saying, calling on the people of Melbourne to regularly visit BHP headquarters to keep them accountable.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott is from Arabunna country, directly impacted by BHP Billiton’s uranium mining operations  has brought a ‘Notice of Trespass’ to be served on BHP.

40 supporters gathered to support over 20 delegates who entered the conference to share concerns about many aspects of BHP Operations across Australia, and worldwide.

Conference delegates were greeted by a massive 6 metre high inflatable nuclear waste barrel and were handed copies of a different style of report.

A collective of environment groups from across the country have today released BHP Billiton: Dirty Energy ‘Alternative Annual Report’.


Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott was one of a number of traditional custodians who travelled to Melbourne to challenge the board of the world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, over the despoiling of their country. Here he describes his reception at the AGM.
We hear first from Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner Tully McIntyre, who witnessed proceedings, and Japanese for Peace campaigner Tomohiro Matsuoka.

While traditional custodians and supporters holding proxies were inside the Melbourne Convention Centre challenging the board, other supporters held a protest outside, against the backdrop of a huge blow-up radioactive waste barrel:
hip-hop from Izzy and MC Ollie, satire from No Nukes Calamity Jane (aka Madeline Hudson), song from the Radical Choir, including a solo from Emily…

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.

IPS News
By Badylon K. Bakiman

KIKWIT, DR Congo, Feb 24, 2011 (IPS) – While discussion of hydroelectric power on the Congo River is dominated by the massive Grand Inga project and the dream of power for the entire continent, construction of a series of smaller dams to benefit local communities may produce tangible results much more quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

UK firm’s partner ‘wanted Peru to curb priests in mine conflict areas’

Tim Webb
31 January 2011

A mining company in Peru part-owned by a British FTSE 100 company agitated for the removal of teachers and Catholic bishops to new posts away from “conflictive mining communities”, according to a leaked US cable obtained via WikiLeaks.

An executive of the company, in which BHP Billiton has a one-third stake, urged diplomats to persuade the Peruvian government and church to “rotate” such professionals out of sensitive areas, the secret document said. 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:

BHPB is in a joint venture partnership with other fossil fuel giants to build an industrial gas processing facility at James Price Point, north of Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The development of heavy industry and a deepwater port on the pristine Kimberley coast would have severe local impacts in the middle of the world’s largest Humpback whale nursery, and facilitate wide scale industrialisation of one of the world’s last unspoiled areas. Read the rest of this entry »

BHP Billiton’s Ravensthorpe Nickel mine highlights the human costs of the boom to bust mining economy; but beneath this lies another story, that of the environmental costs of unplanned mine closure.

The Ravensthorpe Nickel mine does not lie on any old land. The ore body sits in the Bandalup corridor, an area of remnant native vegetation connecting the Fitzgerald River National Park with the Ravensthorpe Range; and from there to the Great Western Woodlands and arid interior beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Western Mining Corporation first developed the Olympic Dam (Roxby Downs) Uranium Mine in 1983, despite strong and sustained opposition from Kokatha and Arabunna Traditional Owners and environmentalists. BHP Billiton purchased the underground Olympic Dam mine in 2005. In May 2009 BHP Billiton released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) detailing plans to turn Olympic Dam into a massive open pit mine[1]. This new open pit mine is intended to operate alongside the existing underground mine and to increase uranium production from 4,000 to 19,000 tonnes per year and copper production from 200,000 to 750,000 tonnes a year[2]. Read the rest of this entry »

POLLUTION FEARS: WANFA chair Della Rae Morrison says over 140 overseas mining companies mining for deposits all around WA are poisoning country and water. Picture: Alf Sorbello, Source: PerthNow

PERTHNOW, 16 Nov 2010

THE human and environmental impacts of the world’s largest mining company will be the focus of protest and attention at BHP Billiton’s annual general meeting today in Perth as Aboriginal leaders speak out.

Members of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) and the Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) are attending BHP Billiton’s annual general meeting in Perth today to raise issues directly with the board and shareholders about conduct of uranium mining developments on Aboriginal land.

Richard Evans, Koara traditional owner of the proposed Yeelirrie Uranium deposit in WA, said: “This is not the first time we have explained to BHP Billiton that Uranium mining at Yeelirrie is unwanted.

“BHP Billiton are not talking with the right land owners, they are going through the back door with consultation. Read the rest of this entry »

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