In South Africa communities faced regular and sustained price increases on electricity yet BHP Billiton through special pricing agreements is paying a quarter of that of other consumers to run its aluminium smelters. A recent court case could see those pricing agreements exposed to the public.

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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.

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 »

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 »

Today WikiLeaks exposed how BHP Billiton’s CEO, Marius Kloppers, sabotaged Rio Tinto’s deal with China. 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 »

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