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 […]

Anglo American’s Ruptured Pipeline Is 2nd Mine Incident in Brazil in 2018

Article 0 Comments Anglo American Plc’s Brazilian iron-ore mine suffered operational delays after a pipeline ruptured Monday morning, the company confirmed by email. The good news is that no one was hurt, the company said. The troubling news is the mishap marks the second potentially harmful mining incident in Brazil […]