Disasters

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1 Jul 2016- 11:28 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BRASILIA, Brazil Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice this week suspended a $2.1 billion USD financial settlement between Brazilian national and state governments and mining companies Samarco, Vale SA and BHP Billiton over the tailings dam burst at Samarco
  • 20 Jun 2016- 10:07 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BRASILIA, Brazil Brazil's Environment Ministry last week fined mining company Samarco $41.5 million USD for damage to three protected areas as a result of last November’s tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state. Three areas on
  • 15 Jun 2016- 11:25 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BRASILIA, Brazil A judge this week dismissed the $5.7 billion USD civil lawsuit against mining company Samarco’s owners, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, for the November 5, 2015 tailings dam burst at Samarco's iron ore mine in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state
  • 10 Jun 2016- 12:17 by OOSKAnews Correspondent RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil Brazilian Federal Police this week released the results of their seven-month-long investigation into the November 5th tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state, which killed 19 people and flooded surrounding
  • 1 Jun 2016- 10:07 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SÃO PAULO, Brazil Brazilian Federal Police have found evidence that Vale SA, co-owner of the Samarco iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state whose tailings dam collapsed last November, has tampered with data related to the disaster. According to a police
  • 17 May 2016- 10:47 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MARIANA, Brazil Brazil's newly appointed environment minister, José Sarney Filho, said this week that he would not permit Samarco to resume operations at its iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state until it addresses the issues that led to a deadly

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