BHP: the bad Australian

Australian mining company BHP is Woodside’s chief partner in crime, owning around a quarter of the proposed Scarborough offshore gas mine.

BHP has been a world leader in accelerating climate change, with a legacy of mining dirty coal, oil, and gas.

This year BHP announced plans to sell its entire share of Scarborough, along with the rest of its dirty oil and gas assets to Woodside.

BHP got a lot of pats on the back and some people said it was good that BHP was getting out of fossil fuels. But BHP isn’t shutting down its polluting assets. They’re selling them to the highest bidder –- Woodside.

Woodside wants to keep mining the ocean floor and pumping out heavily polluting gas and oil for a long time to come. 

BHP hasn’t stopped the pollution, it’s just trying to slap a different label on the project, when it should be shutting down fossil fuel projects like Scarborough.

BHP: the bad Australian

BHP has been a world leader in climate change with a legacy of mining dirty coal, oil, and gas.

BHP operates offshore oil and gas mines in Australia, and around the world, including in the notorious Gulf of Mexico where BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in the history of offshore oil mining.

In Australia, BHP has been ordered to decommission three oil and gas fields offshore of Victoria and Western Australia, after the environmental regulator accused it of being lazy and ordered the clean up of wells, pipes, umbilicals, and mooring BHP had dumped on the seafloor. 

In one of the worst corporate environmental disasters ever, BHP was responsible for hundreds of millions of tonnes of waste from the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea being released into waterways. This destroyed hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest, clogged and polluted local river systems relied upon for fishing and income, and affected the tens of thousands of people living in the fallout region.

In one of Brazil’s worst environmental disasters: at least 17 people died, hundreds of homes were destroyed, and millions of litres of mining waste were washed into the ocean, when one of BHP’s joint ventures ignored safety warnings and prioritised profits over people.  

BHP was pressured by the UN to close a Colombian coal mine, and facing investigation by the OECD for environmental damage and human rights abuses, including air and water pollution, the diversion of entire rivers, and forced evictions. Another dirty project BHP has washed its hands of

BHP was hit with a $25 million fine by US authorities following corruption allegations.