Brazil’s Burst Dam Disasters Blamed on Cheap Storage of Mining Waste

Article 0 Comments The deadly collapse of a Vale SA tailings dam in Brazil is serving as a wake-up call for an industry that regularly cuts costs by storing mining waste in the cheapest possible way. The slurry of ground rock and effluents left over after companies extract marketable minerals […]

Brazil Dam Disaster Could Delay Settlement for 2015’s Samarco Mine Disaster

Article 0 Comments Brazil’s deadly tailings dam collapse is likely to complicate a settlement for a similar disaster less than four years ago at the Samarco iron ore mine, owned jointly by Vale SA and BHP Group, investors said on Tuesday [Jan. 29]. Vale and BHP have been aiming to […]

Brazil Weighs Management Overhaul at Vale After Mine Disaster; Death Toll Rises

Article 0 Comments Brazil’s government weighed pushing for a management overhaul at iron ore miner Vale SA on Monday as grief over the hundreds feared killed by a dam burst turned into anger, with prosecutors, politicians and victims’ families calling for punishment. By Monday night, firefighters in the state of […]

Collapsed Brazil Mining Dam Kills at Least 58, in Echoes of 2015 Disaster

Article 0 Comments Brazilian rescuers searched into the night on Sunday for hundreds of people missing after a burst mining dam triggered a deadly mudslide, as the death toll rose to 58 and was expected to keep climbing more than two days after the disaster. Rescuers worked past sunset to […]

Australia Court Narrows Class-Action Suits Against BHP over Brazil Mine Disaster

Article 0 Comments The Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday ordered that the number of class-action lawsuits against BHP Group over a Brazilian mine collapse be narrowed to one from three. BHP is facing legal challenges over the 2015 collapse of the Fundao tailings dam, which stored mining waste at […]

BHP Readies for Largest English Group Lawsuit over 2015 Brazil Mine Disaster

Article 0 Comments Mining giant BHP says it will fight an unprecedented English lawsuit filed by hundreds of thousands of Brazilians for multi-billion pound damages over Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. SPG Law, a British offshoot of a U.S. litigator, represents 240,000 individuals in Brazil, 24 municipal governments, a Roman Catholic […]

Derailment of BHP Iron Ore Train Exposes Australia’s Reliance on Private Railways

Article 0 Comments A network of private railroads more than three times the length of the New York subway system is the key lifeline for Australia’s A$61.3 billion ($44.5 billion) iron ore export industry. So when there’s a derailment in the biggest shipper — global markets, as well as the […]

BHP Expects Interruption to Australia Iron Ore Exports After Train Derailment

Article 0 Comments Mining giant BHP Billiton expects some interruption to its Australian iron ore exports after a nearly 3-km-long train loaded with the commodity was forcibly derailed this week after running away en route to a key shipping hub. BHP said in a statement on Wednesday that its reserves […]

BHP’s Western Australia Iron Ore Train Derailment Will Take Week to Recover

Article 0 Comments BHP Billiton Ltd. expects to take about a week to recover from the derailment of one of its iron ore trains that’s halted its rail operations in Western Australia, potentially bolstering prices of the steelmaking raw material. The company was forced Monday to derail the train that […]

BHP Forced to Derail Runaway Iron Ore Train in Australia

Article 0 Comments BHP Billiton Ltd. was forced to derail a runaway train that traveled almost 60 miles without a driver across the Pilbara, a major iron ore producing area in Western Australia. The world’s top mining company halted all train operations in the region, where it produces and ships […]