BHP tells parliamentary inquiry it was granted approval to destroy Aboriginal heritage sites in the Pilbara
Mining giant BHP has conceded it submitted an application to destroy Aboriginal heritage sites at its $5 billion South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, despite opposition from local traditional owners.
- A parliamentary inquiry is examining the destruction of Indigenous sites
- It was prompted by Rio Tinto's decision to blast ancient rock shelters
- BHP is the second major miner to appear before the inquiry
The WA Government granted approval to destroy dozens of sites just days after Rio Tinto destroyed 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara.
BHP is the second major miner to appear at a federal parliamentary inquiry investigating Rio Tinto's destruction of the ancient sites.
BHP on Thursday told the inquiry that representatives of the Banjima traditional owners "raised concerns in the field" ahead of the Section 18 application last October, and also wrote to the WA Government in April saying they were opposed to archaeological sites being damaged.
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