Sep 13, 2017

How a tiny Environmental Defender’s Office brought mining giant Glencore to heel

How much does the NT government holding in security bonds from mining companies? The companies don't want you to know -- but a tiny band of determined activists have brought the information to light.

Bob Gosford — Editor of The Northern Myth

Bob Gosford

Editor of The Northern Myth

I wasn’t the only one in the NT who spluttered Weetbix all over my computer keyboard yesterday morning when I read this media release by NT Primary Industries Minister Ken Vowles that sometime today his department would release previously confidential figures on just how much the NT government is holding by way of mine security bonds (it has now done so).

This is big news, and as Vowles made clear in his statement, it is clearly related to a freedom of information application bought by David Morris, principal (and only) solicitor at the Environmental Defender’s Office (NT) and Jack Warngkurli Green, a senior traditional Aboriginal owner of land around the giant McArthur River mine. That FOI application concerned the quantum of the rehabilitation security bond paid by the mine, operated by Glencore in the NT Gulf country.

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