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Rio Tinto didn’t tell traditional owners there were options to save ancient Juukan Gorge rock shelters – ABC News

A federal parliamentary inquiry has heard Rio Tinto did not tell traditional owners there were three other options which would have spared the Juukan Gorge rock shelters from destruction in May.

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Rio Tinto has admitted it did not tell traditional owners there were four options for blasting at Juukan Gorge, three of which did not involve the destruction of highly significant ancient rock shelters.
Key points:

  • Rio Tinto says it did not tell traditional owners there were four options for the Brockman 4 mine
  • The option presented, which involved destroying the rock shelters, netted an extra eight million tonnes of high grade ore
  • Executives did not know the high signi…

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