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Australia: BHP's Olympic Dam in South Australia poses risk similar to Samarco & Vale Brumandinho dam disasters, environmentalists warn

An article published by the Ecologist raises allegations about BHP's operation of the Olympic Dam copper-uranium mine in South Australia. Specifically, these concerns include: 1.) the tailings dam will adopt the upstream construction method (as against the downstream construction method) that pose extreme risk featured in both Samarco and Vale Brumadinho dam disasters; 2.) the tailings storage facility six (TSF6) has the potential to cause the death of 100 or more BHP employees; and 3.) the Kokatha people’s right to exercise free, prior and informed consent may be limited by the company’s legal privileges and prior agreements.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited BHP to respond to the allegations raised. BHP's response is linked below.