(WESTERN AUSTRALIA) JUST IN: Aboriginal Site Damaged by Rio Tinto in search of profit after fallen rocks found but they say that they may not be responsible ……we shall see says #AceNewsDesk report


#AceNewsReport – Feb.24: BHP President for Minerals Australia Edgar Basto said the company discovered fallen rocks near its mining operations on Banyjima land in January, but he said it was unclear whether mining caused the damage:

‘BHP reports damage to Aboriginal heritage site near Pilbara iron ore mine according to the mining company BHP who has reported damage to a culturally significant site in Western Australia’s iron ore-rich Pilbara region, months after Rio Tinto drew international criticism for destroying ancient rock shelters at Juukan Gorge’ putting #ProfitB4People says Kindness & Love’

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Banjima traditional lands around Karijini National Park in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.(Supplied)

“On 29 January 2021, as part of monitoring in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, we identified a rock fall at a registered Banyjima site,” Mr Basto said: “ This site is not part of current mining operations — the cause of the rock fall is not known.” The damage was located near the $4 billion South Flank mine site, about 130 kilometres north-west of Newman in WA’s north.

A Banyjima Native Title Aboriginal spokesperson said traditional owners were working with BHP to investigate the incident: “ Banyjima’s South Flank Heritage Committee met with BHP executives on 11 February to process the investigation,” they said.

It comes after Rio Tinto’s Juukan Gorge blast, which drew international condemnation when it destroyed the site in May 2020:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Feb.24: 2021:

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