Chile court looks at alleged Escondida breaches

A Chilean environmental court will look into the State Defence Council’s (CDE) allegations that Escondida copper mine, the world’s largest, has caused “irreparable damage” to the Punta Negra salt flat, in the northern Antofagasta region. In the lawsuit filed against the mine, majority-owned by BHP the government agency claims Escondida generated, between 1990 and 2017, “continuous, cumulative, permanent and irreparable environmental damage of Punta Negra.”