I was originally tempted to post this in the Failures & Disasters category, but I think this is the better place for it.
A few quick details
- The company’s own heritage team requested a delay to the project because the archaeological site was a known obstacle
- They had at least 3 other options for accessing some of the ore in the area, though understandably, more expensive and less profitable than blasting the site
- They are supposed to work with the indigenous peoples when situations like this arise, but they failed to present the alternatives to the two relevant.
But instead the decision was made to blast it. It seems to me like it was a calculated move and they decided to act now and “ask for forgiveness” later (ie. pay some fines, make a show of their “sincere” apology, and pretend to make amends)
I feel like this should be considered criminal, but I’m curious if there is an argument for whether this action isn’t as unethical as it seems on the surface.