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.

The activists are calling on BHP Billiton to pay for its pollution. It follows on from yesterday’s activity, when the mining giant was handed its pollution tax bill of $338 million for 2010-2011. It’s a small amount for the company – just 0.6% of its annual revenue – but a huge amount for Australians. This money would make a significant difference to making clean energy bigger and cheaper and helping families adjust to a low carbon economy.

BHP Billiton successfully avoided the super resources tax and is now busy lobbying to cheat its way out of paying the pollution tax.

The activists are tired of the big polluters getting their voice heard above ordinary Australians.  While the government is negotiating a price on pollution, the activists are calling for a fair deal – not one that serves the interests of the big polluters.

Erland aka ‘the boy in the box’ said when he was young he was taught to clean up after himself. He’s taking action today to tell BHP Billiton to clean up its own mess.

Follow the live action as it unfolds and with the twitter hashtag #BHPolluters

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