mine dispute between the villagers
of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and
Australia's largest company, the
Broken Hill Pty Company (BHP)
Ltd has been settled out of court.
PNG landowners and their
Australian law firm, Slater and
Gordon, agreed to drop their claim
for US $3.2 billion compensation
for pollution caused by BHP
majority-owned Ok Tedi copper-
gold mine. As part of the settlement, BHP would include almost
35,000 landowners in the US $80
million compensation package
which was agreed late last year by
BHP and the PNG government.
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