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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.

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 »

Fin24

Mar 06 2011 15:25
Johannes Myburgh

Johannesburg – The apparent mismanagement at the BHP Billiton [JSE:BIL] Mozal plant in Matola, 17km outside Maputo, has led to inspection visits by three international complaints directorates. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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

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

Tim Webb
Guardian
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 »

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 »

“Within the Wongutha Tribal group I am the leader of my clan, the Koara people. Yeelirrie is in my tribal boundary. One of the things BHP has not done, and what it’s supposed to do it, its law actually for them to do a heritage survey with me and my people.

They’ve never consulted with me to do that. What I need to say to you is this … before we ever knew about nuclear anything that place Yeelirrie was a no go zone for my tribal people. The name of it, in my native language, the place Yeelirrie means ‘death’.

BHP Billiton has never done a heritage survey with me. I’m happy that while uranium is in the ground it’s safe, I’m concerned what it’s going to do when it comes out of the ground. Now if it’s going to start killing off people in another country, destroying their lives, I’m concerned about that, because it’s my land that could be doing this stuff. It concerns me, it concerns my tribal group, it concerns the surrounding people.”

– Richard Evans, Koara Traditional Owner Read the rest of this entry »

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