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BHP Billiton was part of a consortium of three multinational companies which in late 2000 bought the Colombian Government’s 50% share of the massive opencast Cerrejon coal mine in the Department (province) of La Guajira in northern Colombia, one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world.

The mine, operated by Exxon subsidiary Intercor (which owned the other 50% share) had a history of forced relocations of Indigenous and Afrocolombian communities, with inadequate or non-existent compensation, to make way for mine expansion[1]. Read the rest of this entry »

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In August 2010, BHP Billiton announced its interest in acquiring the US-Canadian fertiliser firm PotashCorp (PCS). If BHP Billiton succeeds in its possible take-over, it will be forced to either actively support or directly undermine the UN’s work to decolonise the last colony in Africa. For decades, the fertiliser producer PCS has been importing phosphates from Western Sahara, a territory largely occupied by Morocco since 1975. To this day, no state or international organisation recognises Morocco’s sovereignty over the resource-rich territory. Read the rest of this entry »

BHP Billiton’s office in Johannesburg has become the site of frequent energized protests by labour, community, health and environmental rights activists. South African civil society groups have also nominated BHP Billiton as amongst the most consistent corporations committing environmental injustices in the country, particularly for a notorious record of neglecting the health and safety of workers. There are a number of coal, manganese and titanium mining operations which have claimed the lives of workers, contaminated air, soil and water upon which entire communities rely, and have displaced local populations. One particular case that has sparked discontent and anger amongst affected communities concerns a manganese alloy plant owned by BHP Billiton’s subsidiary, Samancor Manganese, operating in the Vaal Triangle in the Gauteng Province. Samancor’s production lines have enabled South Africa to become one of the world’s largest producers of manganese materials. However, this economic success has come at a tragic cost.

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The Ekati Diamond Mine, owned and operated by BHP Billiton, is located 350 kilometres north of the city of Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Read the rest of this entry »

BHP Billiton’s office in Johannesburg has become the site of frequent energized protests by labour, community, health and environmental rights activists. South African civil society groups have also nominated BHP Billiton as amongst the most consistent corporations committing environmental injustices in the country, particularly for a notorious record of neglecting the health and safety of workers. Read the rest of this entry »

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