There was a great deal of media coverage of this year’s BHP Billiton AGM in London, including plenty of quotes from LMN’s visitors from Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia.
In advance of the AGM, the New Internationalist published Life in the shadow of the world’s biggest mining company. The Guardian published Brazilians hit by fatal dam disaster to protest at BHP Billiton AGM and BHP Billiton aims for 50% female workforce by 2025, and Independent Catholic News published Survivors of mining disaster to protest at company AGM.
The AGM protest was covered by RT TV with Activists gather to protest outside BHP Billiton’s AGM 1 year after fatal Samarco Dam disaster and by Independent Catholic News with Campaigners hold mining giant to account over Brazil’s worst-ever environmental disaster.
The continuing aftermath of the Samarco tailings dam collapse in Brazil in November 2015 was covered in the following articles in the Guardian, Huck Magazine, Telegraph, and Times:
Restart of the Samarco mine in Brazil is ‘not assured’, BHP Billiton warns
One year on, Brazil battles to rebuild after the Samarco mining disaster
Victims of Brazil’s worst environmental disaster bring their call for justice to London
Sorry BHP, but a closed door hardly shouts ‘transparency’
BHP Billiton employees face criminal charges on Brazil dam disaster
BHP staff charged over mine disaster
BBC World Service radio broadcast an interview with Rodrigo Peret and Maria do Carmo Silva D’Angelo from Brazil.
The health and water impacts of the Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia were covered by the Guardian in an article called Air of discontent around Cerrejón mine deepens as Colombians cry foul.
Reuters concentrated on the announcement that company Chairman Jac Nasser would retire next year, linking it to the Samarco disaster.