Disasters

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  • 16 Dec 2018- 11:46 by OOSKAnews Info WARRENTON VA, United States A new survey reports the existence of more than 2000 sites and 200 illegal mining areas threatening the health of indigenous populations and the environment in six Amazonian countries. Thirty rivers are affected by mining or being
  • 27 Jul 2018- 08:19 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GENEVA, SWITZERLAND OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest "opinion columns" written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. Stuart Orr, Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice, driving the freshwater
  • 2 Mar 2018- 12:56 by Local Press Report BRASILIA Mongabay Norsk Hydro, a bauxite and aluminum mining and refining company also known as “Hydro” whose majority and controlling shareholder is the Norwegian government, has been accused by the Brazilian government of a toxic waste spill from holding
  • 25 Jan 2017- 11:43 by OOSKAnews Correspondent New York, NY, United States Banco Safra SA has filed a class action in New York against BHP Billiton and Vale, joint-venture partners in Samarco, the iron ore mine responsible for Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster. Australian media reports that
  • 14 Nov 2016- 12:33 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BRASILIA, Brazil A Brazilian court has ordered miners BHP Billiton and Vale SA to pay $350 million USD for initial work to clean up environmental damage from the tailings dam burst at the Samarco iron ore mine in Minas Gerais province a year ago. The
  • 27 Sep 2016- 10:56 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LIMA, Peru Peruvian officials on September 25th reported two new oil spills in the country's Amazon region. The first spill happened on September 24th in the Andoas district in the Loreto region, and the second a day later in the Urarinas district,
  • 22 Sep 2016- 08:39 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MELBOURNE, Australia Mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd. warned this week that the coming rainy season in Brazil could create more environmental problems at the Germano iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state. The mine is operated by Brazilian mining company
  • 30 Aug 2016- 10:28 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MELBOURNE, Australia An investigation by Brazilian mining company Samarco and its owners Vale SA and BHP Billiton into the tailings dam collapse at Samarco’s iron ore mine in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state last November found that poor design, construction
  • 25 Aug 2016- 10:54 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil A Brazilian court has temporarily suspended all environmental licenses for Samarco’s Germano iron ore complex in Minas Gerais state. The mine was the site of a massive tailings dam burst last November. The suspension request came
  • 12 Aug 2016- 11:32 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BRASILIA, Brazil Only 4 percent of Brazil's dams were inspected by supervisory bodies in the 12-month period before the disastrous tailings dam collapse at Samarco’s iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state last November, according to a new dam safety
  • 9 Aug 2016- 10:40 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NEW YORK, NY, United States A US federal appeals court this week blocked enforcement of a $9.5 billion USD fine against oil giant Chevron, issued by an Ecuadorian court in 2011 for pollution in that country’s Amazon region. The 2nd US Circuit Court of
  • 29 Jul 2016- 10:47 by OOSKAnews Correspondent QUITO, Ecuador Attorneys for 30,000 Ecuadorians affected by pollution in the country’s Amazon region said this week that they will take their case against oil giant Chevron to a Canadian court. Hearings on the claim will be held in September, Prensa
  • 27 Jul 2016- 10:06 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil The government of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state may have been aware of the issues Samarco's iron ore mine that led to a catastrophic tailings dam burst last November, according to documents obtained by Brazilian daily Folha de
  • 18 Jul 2016- 10:30 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MELBOURNE, Australia The Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil’s Minas Gerais is unlikely to reopen this year, Samarco co-owner BHP Billiton acknowledged last week. The Australian miner said it may not be able to secure the necessary approvals to restart
  • 14 Jul 2016- 10:18 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BRASILIA, Brazil Brazilian federal prosecutors are investigating Roberto Carvalho, CEO of mining company Samarco Mineração SA, for environmental crimes related to last November’s deadly tailings dam rupture at an iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state. The

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