Rio Tinto condemned by shareholders for seeking legal advice before blowing up Juukan Gorge

Original article by Lorena Allan
The Guardian – Page: Online : 8-Sep-20

James Fitzgerald from the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility says the behaviour of Rio Tinto "beggars belief". He was commenting on the revelation that the mining company hired lawyers to prepare for a possible injunction against the destruction of ancient rock shelters in Juukan Gorge in Western Australia, just three days before they were destroyed in May. Fitzgerald says the attitude of Rio since the shelters were destroyed appears to be that their destruction was just a tragic mistake, but the revelations regarding its hiring of lawyers suggests otherwise.

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THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Rio set indigenous precedent at Argyle

Original article by Victoria Laurie
The Australian – Page: 5 : 16-Jun-20

Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh of Griffith University says a clause in Rio Tinto’s agreement with traditional owners regarding the Argyle diamond mine could be used to protect heritage sites in the Pilbara. The agreement signed in 2005 ensures that Rio Tinto cannot use section 18 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act to destroy sites that are of cultural significance to indigenous people. Rio Tinto’s recent blasting that destroyed ancient rock caves at its Brockman mine had been approved under section 18 in 2013.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

BHP to destroy at least 40 Aboriginal sites, up to 15,000 years old, to expand Pilbara mine

Original article by Lorena Allam, Calla Wahlquist
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 11-Jun-20

A proposed expansion of BHP’s South Flank iron ore mine that will result in the destruction of rock shelters and other significant indigenous sites was approved by the Western Australian government on 29 May. This was just days after Rio Tinto attracted global criticism for destroying ancient rock shelters during blasting at its Brockman iron ore mine. WA’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has urged BHP to work with the traditional owners to protect the heritage sites.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

Rio Tinto blasting of Juukan Gorge Indigenous site prompts call for heritage protections

Original article by Toby Hussey, Karen Michelmore, Holly Ferguson
abc.net au – Page: Online : 29-May-20

Rio Tinto recently destroyed two ancient rock caves in Western Australia’s Pilbara region as a result of blasting activity. It had secured permission for the blasting in 2013 under section 18 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act, which allows landowners to seek exemption from laws that ban work that is likely to impact Aboriginal sites. WA Mining and Pastoral Region MP Robin Chapple has called on Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt to review all approved Section 18 notices following the destruction of the caves. Chris Salisbury, the CEO of iron ore at Rio Tinto, says the company takes cultural heritage "very seriously".

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS