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.   ... →

Update: environmental catastrophe Brazil

After the disastrous spill in Brazil, 13 deaths have been confirmed, with more still missing.  BHP Billiton and Vale are now likely to have to pay 4.9 billion euros which will be used for decontamination of the river Rio Doces and compensation to affected people. The operators of the mine continue to dispute that toxic substances were released when the dam broke.   ... →

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..   ... →