When BHP Billiton pulled out of the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea, it was because it recognised that the mine should never have been constructed in the way it was – with riverine talings disposal – in the first place.
But the mine produced such a large proportion of the PNG Government’s income that it was not shut down.
Now OK Tedi Mining Ltd has, once again, had to pay compensation for continuing to pollute the environment at its operations in Papua New Guinea.
Grotesquely, the company has also been given an award by the government for “its contribution to PNG’s development and its compliance with the country’s laws”, as well as being a “Good Corporate Citizen”!
See http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=11390.