Saying please might make life easier for miners

Mining protest has flourished because mining companies have failed to seek social licence with local communities

Mining companies with designs on farmland areas are coming up against increasing opposition as “Lock the Gate’ and similar movements grow in strength. Researcher Hannabeth Luke says that  not going to the trouble of talking with the community first can be a costly mistake for mining companies and state governments. She says the concept of obtaining social licence needs to be part of any mineral exploration project.

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