London Calling on a sad and sordid journey
Talk about a “double whammy”. In fact, it might well be called a triple tragedy, when viewed from the perspectives of thousands of indigenous people. Since BHP Billiton‘s Ok Tedi copper-gold mine came on stream in 1984, it’s been dumping millions of tonnes of tailings into Papua New Guinea’s Fly River system, causing massive flooding and destruction of crops. The Australian-UK company pulled out of Papua New Guinea in February 2002, having failed to find any economic alternative to the ongoing environmental despoliation.