Mining Firm Plans to Destroy Indigenous Australian Sites, Despite Outcry

By Livia Albeck-Ripka

MELBOURNE, Australia — A giant mining company on Thursday said it would go ahead with destroying at least 40 ancient Indigenous sites in the Pilbara desert in Western Australia, just days after a national outcry over revelations that other archaeological sites in the region had been razed.

The company, BHP, received approval to destroy the sites in May after it applied to expand an iron ore mine, worth $3.2 billion, on land that contains rock shelters some 15,000 years old.

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