Blasting associated with the expansion of Rio Tinto’s Brockman 4 iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia over the weekend devastated the Juukan Gorge caves, which date back as much as 46,000 years.
Investment in Brockman 4 was approved in November 2007
and production began in September 2010
, with an estimated mine life of 20 years and the potential for expansion.
Local indigenous people had been opposing the planned expansion – which...