Brazil dam disaster: BHP Billiton faces lawsuit in Australia

Mining giant BHP Billiton says it will defend itself against a class action lawsuit in Australia over Brazil's 2015 dam disaster. More than 3,000 investors have signed up to the lawsuit, and which alleges that BHP failed to disclose the risk of the dam's failure to the stock market, and misled investors over the company's safety guarantees.

Rio Tinto opens Chicago office to be closer to US customers

Rio Tinto has marked a key milestone in the company’s operations in the United States with the opening of a new commercial office in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has long been one of the world’s historic commodity hubs. The new Rio Tinto office will allow for expanded engagement and provide opportunities for partnerships with new and existing customers

Fala Chico: Brazilian Federal Public Ministry seeks annulment of Anglo American's licence.

The Federal Prosecutor's Office of the Citizen's Rights (PRDC / MG), an agency of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), requested the court to cancel the provisional and installation licenses granted by the State of Minas Gerais to Anglo American Iron Mining Brazil for the implementation of Step 3 of the company's iron ore exploration and transportation expansion project in Conceição do Mato Dentro, central region of the state.

‘Ties are strengthened’: Spanish campaigners unite around Atalaya Mining's London AGM

On Wednesday 27th June, Spanish campaigners attended the AGM of London-listed mining company Atalaya Mining to raise concerns about the company’s operations across Spain. Atalaya, which is listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM), is the owner of the Riotinto copper mine in Huelva, Andalusia [not connected to Rio Tinto mining company], and has plans to re-open a copper mine in Touro, Galicia and to explore for zinc near Santander, Cantabria. Each of these projects is subject to criticism and opposition from local residents, community associations and NGOs.