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PNG makes BHP liable for environmental damage from mine

Date of Release: 
Sep 19 2013

Papua New Guinea's government wrested full control of the controversial Ok Tedi copper and gold mine and quashed former owner BHP Billiton's legal immunity for environmental damage, officials said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill moved late Wednesday to give the government 100 per cent ownership of Ok Tedi, which was involved in a major waterways pollution scandal in the 1990s.

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