Samarco Minercao: summary and progress on court cases and fines

Over two years after the disaster, there is still no complete assessment of the socio-environmental and socio-economic damages suffered by the affected communities.

As reported in Dirty Profits 6 – In March 2016, Samarco, Vale and BHP Billiton signed an agreement with the federal and state governments for socioeconomic and environmental recovery work worth a total of around BRL20bn over 15 years.   ... →

Update: Environmental catastrophe Brazil

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Nearly four months after the devastating environmental disaster in Brazil, which killed 17 people and left two others missing, as well as causing untold environmental destruction, there has been a step forward in seeking reparations for the incident. The dam break in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has been named the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history due to the significant damage and contamination of the Rio Doce.   ... →

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.   ... →