Gutted': Former Rio Tinto VP Says Blast Threatens Decades Of Progress

A former head of Aboriginal relations at Rio Tinto fears the mining giant's destruction of a 46,000-year-old sacred site in Western Australia has unravelled decades of work developing close ties with traditional owners and reveals the company has lost its focus.

Following the blasting of two culturally significant rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in May that left the traditional landowners devastated, former Rio Tinto vice-president Paul Wand said the miner's actions had caused immense distress to those within the organisation who had worked to establish its industry-leading reputation.