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The BHP AGM is on again this Thursday. If you’re in Sydney, come down to Darling Harbour and let the shareholders know how destructive their company really is. We’ve prepared an alternative annual report detailing BHP’s dirty deeds, and we’ll be making more noise than an open cast mine.
Download the 2012 Alternative Annual Report
The folk at Carnival of Dirt have put together this awesome poster of BHP Billitons atrocities in Congo, Chile, Colombia, Australia and Papua New Guinea! Check it out.
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About the Carnival of Dirt
On Friday 15 June, London will experience its first ever Carnival of Dirt, a carnival like no other. More than 30 activist groups from London and around the world have come together to highlight the illicit deeds of mining and extraction companies. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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’.
VIDEOS FROM ACTION OUTSIDE BHP BILLITON”S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Melbourne, Australia
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…
Other Sides to the Story: Threatening Lives, the Environment and People’s Future
An Alternative Annual Report on BHP Billiton with case studies from across the world Case studies questioning BHP Billiton’s record on human rights, transparency and ecological justice.
The Escondida Mine (57.5% owned by BHP Billiton) is one of the largest copper mines in Chile and has the highest production levels in the country. Since its construction in the early 1990s there have been periodic spills from the pipeline taking copper concentrate across the Antofagasta region from the mine in the mountains to a pier in Coloso Bay to the south of the city of Antofagasta. Additionally, competition for scarce water sources near the mine site has led to conflicts with local farmers.
Local critics of the mine allege that the gravest environmental impacts have occurred in the bay itself, where contaminated waste water has drained into the sea and polluted the coast south of Antofagasta. The lack of baseline environmental studies in the area from before the mining activity began has meant that it is impossible to determine the exact impact on local ecosystems. According to divers and fisherfolk, severe damage has already been done. Monitoring of the waters in the port of Antofagasta has indicated a high level of contamination by heavy metals, although it is not possible to determine the extent to which this is due to the Escondida operations in Coloso Bay.
Conflicts between the residents of Coloso Bay and the company have come and gone. The company has contributed to the resolution of some of the problems. The most recent conflicts were caused by spills of copper concentrate near to the bay in early September 2009. Local fisherfolk and restaurant owners say that they have suffered serious economic loss as a result of the repeated spills because customers fear that fish from the bay will be contaminated – even when a spill has not in fact reached the sea. One restaurateur, Violeta Vargas, told local newspaper El Mercurio de Antofagasta that she lost more than half her customers after the most recent spill. Around 85 families live around the bay and all of them rely on the extraction and sale of marine products. They are calling for compensation from the company and action to ensure that spills do not occur again.
The mine has also been a source of tension with farming communities, because the area is extremely dry and the large quantity of water needed by mining operations conflicts with agricultural and residential use. In October 2007, the Regional Environmental Commission of Antofagasta (COREMA) rejected BHP Billiton’s Pampa Colorada project, which entailed the drilling of 35 new freshwater wells in northern Chile, to meet the water requirements of the Escondida Mine. The campesino communities of San Pedro de Atacama, Toconao, Socaire and Peine finally breathed a sigh of relief, after a year-long battle with the company. The Chilean Government is investigating plans to import water from the province of Salta in Argentina to provide for mining companies. There is opposition in Salta to the export of water to Chile.64