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BHPBilliton: earning praise - and condemnation

Published by MAC on 2006-05-31


BHPBilliton: earning praise - and condemnation

31st May 2006

BHPBilliton is currently basking in praise for returning a final mortgage payment to Wisconsin tribes as they complete purchase of its Crandon mine lease.

It's a fairly minor gesture for what must be a major public relations gambit. Meanwhile, however, the world's biggest "natural resources" company is locked in battle with trade unionists at its Ekati mine in Canada; and is the subject of a criminal law suit, following the death of a mineworker at its Olympic Dam copper-uranium mine in South Australia.

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