Updates on BHP Billiton’s Brazilian dam disaster

Mariana dam burst

For earlier updates, see http://londonminingnetwork.org/?s=Samarco.

Brazil police may accuse Samarco execs of homicide in dam burst

Brazilian police have enough evidence to accuse executives of miner Samarco Mineração SA with homicide over a deadly dam burst in November, a police chief told newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

Clearer picture emerging over Brazil’s mining disaster

Experts say Brazil’s Rio Doce region will take decades to recover, after 2015’s devastating mine waste spill. Fishermen face an uncertain future, while the potential for further accidents looms.

Workers evacuated at Brazil’s Samarco mine after new mudslide

Brazilian miner Samarco Mineracao SA  said it evacuated some workers after rain caused a mudslide at the site where an iron ore tailings damn burst in November, killing at least 17 people and leaving about 800 homeless.

Australian parliamentarians call on BHP Billiton to compensate for dam failure at Samarco mine

“Today I tabled a letter from affected communities in Brazil, calling on the Foreign Minister to respond,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

Brazilian NGO publishes report into Samarco disaster

The human rights NGO Justiça Global launched an inspection report on human rights violations related to the worst mining disaster in Brazilian history: the Fundão tailings dam collapse in Mariana, which was operated by Samarco Mineração S/A (Vale/BHP). The report lists cases of severe human rights violations, endangering life, access to housing, labor, health, and the environment. Such violations have not yet been properly addressed by the mining companies nor the Brazilian State.

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