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BHP threatens to leave mining lobby over coal ads

Coal News - Published on Fri, 12 Jan 2018

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The Guardian reported that Minerals Council of Australia is apparently prepared to stare down BHP, despite the mining giant’s threat to re-examine its membership of the peak lobby group if it does not stop promoting coal-fired energy. The MCA is kicking off a new campaign dubbed “making the future possible”, which it says is needed to counteract “misinformation from urban activists”.

BHP has said it will consider pulling out of the industry group if it “has not refrained from such policy activity or advocacy” within the next year. Late on Wednesday a spokesman for the MCA confirmed it was moving ahead with its campaign to “show what mining means to Australians and the benefits of an innovative, responsible, successful and sustainable mining industry to our nation”, despite BHP’s concerns.

BHP did not comment on the news. The MCA explained its latest campaign was targeted at Australians living in cities. “Some Australians, particularly those who live in cities and may not have direct experience of the jobs and prosperity brought by mining, might be unaware of the current contribution and the future potential of the Australian minerals sector,” the MCA spokesman said.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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