Mount Polley Gold and Copper Mine given permission to pump treated wastewater into Quesney lake, despite repercussions of dambreak.

 Proteste gegen Imperial Metals und die Wiedereröffnung von Mount Polley, Quelle: Flickr: Shutdown Mount Polley Mine, Autor: Jeremy Board | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Jeremy Board [CC BY 2.0] - Flickr

The failure of the Mount Polley tailings dam on August 4th 2014 in Canadian British Columbia, is considered to be one of the most damaging environmental catastrophes in coal mining. 4.5 million m3 of toxic mud and 10 million m3 of untreated wastewater flowed flooded out of the tailings dam and into the surrounding environment.   ... →

Update: Dam Collapse in Brazil: Lawsuit against Executives

Bento Rodrigues, Mariana, Minas Gerais Local: Distrito de Bento Rodrigues, Município de Mariana, Minas Gerais.Foto: Rogério Alves/TV Senado | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Créditos: Rogério Alves/TV Senado (CC BY 2.0) [CC BY 2.0] - Wikipedia

Since the disastrous collapse of the tailings dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais in November 2015 (which FACING FINANCE has reported on several times since the incident) the Brazilian public prosecutor’s office filed homicide charges against 21 executive staff members of the mining companies BHP Billiton (Australia), Vale S.A. (Brazil) and Samarco Mineração, which is a joint-venture between Vale and BHP Billiton.   ... →

Update: Police investigation reveals misconduct by Samarco

 Das Dorf Bento Rodrigues nach dem Dammbruch am 5.November 2015. ©Senado Federal https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bento_Rodrigues, _Mariana,_Minas_Gerais_(22828956680).jpg  | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Senado Federal [CC BY 2.0] - Wikimedia

Brazil’s state police have found the mining company Samarco, a joint venture between Vale S.A. and BHP Billiton, accountable for willful misconduct in connection with the fatal tailings dam break in November 2015. After a seven month investigation, ending in early June 2016, police concluded that Samarco ignored signs of damage for years, for example cracks which indicated towards a risk of fracture.   ... →

BHP Billiton & Vale: Brazil dam burst

On 5 November 2015 a dam in Brazilian state of Minas Gerais burst its banks resulting in 6 deaths and 631 injured. 21 people are still missing. The cause of the overflow of water, mud and mineral waste from the mine is still being investigated. The mine is jointly by BHP Billiton and Vale SA, and operated by the mining company Samarco..   ... →