Catastrophic tailings dam disaster at BHP Billiton/Vale mine in Brazil

Mariana dam burst

A tailings dam rupture at the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil, jointly owned by massive Brazilian mining company Vale and the world’s largest mining company, London-listed BHP Billiton, was one of the worst mining disasters in Brazilian history and one of the worst globally in recent years.

There has been a lot of press coverage of the events and the follow-up – the following is a selection.

Mining tsunami hits after tailings dams burst in Brazil: BHP Billiton and Vale must be held to account

Mudslide causes death and destruction at BHP-Vale iron ore mine

Another trail of destruction and death in the history of mining and Vale S.A. – Note by the International Articulation of People Affected by Vale S.A.

BHP ‘deeply affected’ by Brazilian mine sludge disaster as hopes fade for missing

Questions Facing BHP Following Deadly Brazil Spill

BHP Billiton hits seven-year low in wake of Brazil disaster

Brazil’s mining disaster has Samarco creditors bracing for worst

Pictures and video of the spill are available here.

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