BHP's Escondida copper mine charged with extracting extra water over 15 years

The Chilean environmental regulator has charged the operator of Escondida copper mine with exceeding water extraction thresholds over the past 15 years, the government said on Friday July 31.

The world's biggest copper mine was found to exceed water extraction thresholds at four control points since July 2005, June and December 2011 and September 2017 respectively and triple the threshold in 2019, Chile's Superintendency of Environment said.

The environment regulator described the infraction as "serious" enough to have caused a decrease in the water table level greater than...

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Julian Luk

August 03, 2020

12:04 GMT

London