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There has been massive support among local communities in Colombia for striking workers who have previously backed them in confronting the Cerrejon coal mining expansions.

The workers have rejected the company’s plan to divert the River Rancheria.

Meanwhile, an armed attack on mine property has been condemned by both major mining unions, SINTRACARBON and FUNTRAENERGETICA.

To show support for the workers, see http://londonminingnetwork.org/2013/02/take-action-to-support-mine-workers-hungry-villagers-in-colombia/.

Previous article on MAC: UK NGOs call for urgent action on Colombian mega-coal mine

See update on the strike at Mines and Communities

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

BHP report 2012 (PDF 3.8MB)

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.

Check out the Carnival of Dirt website!

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 »

DOWNLOAD BHP BILLITON ALTERNATIVE ANNUAL REPORT

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’.

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…

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.

Koori Mail
01-Dec-2010
https://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 »

12 April 2010: A 45 year old booger operator died at the Leinster Perseverance mine after his truck fell almost 20 metres down a mine shaft. It took 18 hours to retrieve his body.

28 June 2009: A driller was trapped underground at Perseverance mine in Leinster for two and a half hours after a rock fall.

10 June 2009: A 37 year old man was trapped underground at the Perseverance mine in Leinster for 16 hours after a rock fall.

19 March 2009: A 45 year old contractor died in Hospital after he fell about 12m from machinery at Mt Whaleback mine in Newman.

24 February 2009: A 56 year old track machine operator was killed when he was hit by a train on the Tabba line 74km south of Port Headland.

4 September 2008: A 19 year old truck driver was killed when a light vehicle and a haul truck collided at the Yandi mine, 140km north-east of Newman.

25 August 2008: A 29 year old man was killed when a hydraulic lift fell on him at the Nelson Point operations in Port Hedland.

Source: The West Australian Thursday 2, 2009, with updates.

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 »

BHP Alternative Annual Reports 2009-2012

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