Communities in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais have been ordered to evacuate after independent auditors found that another dam, Sul Seprior, operated by mining giant Vale, SA, was in imminent danger of collapse. Following the January 25 Brumadinho dam (also operated by Vale) disaster, which killed around 130, Vale, the world’s biggest iron ore mining company, announced that it would dismantle 10 dams similar to the Sul Superior tailings dam, also in Minas Gerais state.
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A floating island of solar panels is being tested in Chile as a way to generate clean energy and reduce water loss at mine operations. The experimental Las Tortolas power-generating island is being run by the giant Anglo American mining company at its Los Bronces mine, as the government pushes to put Chile at the forefront of renewable energy use in Latin America and the world.
Intensifying the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela, a power black out has put operations of water utilities at risk. Caracas began to “go dry” March 11with water services almost nonexistent in large parts of the capital.
A group of US academics have proposed that the US and Mexico collaborate on a large scale energy, water, industry, and education park. The venture would be constructed along the nearly 2,000-mile arid and semi-arid mutual border and would benefits both sides, mitigating illegal immigration and providing an alternative to the proposed physical wall between the neighboring countries.
"Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP): A Secure and Permanent US- Mexico Border Solution" posits that the border corridor has extensive solar and wind resources but is very short in water supply. In a purported “win-win” proposal, the project features wind farms, solar farms and water desalination, providing numerous educational opportunities and jobs. $1.1 Billion USD in addition to US Department of Homeland Security appropriations is requested for establishing FEWIEP.
During the past 70 years, Peruvian engineers virtually eliminated the risks posed by glacial lake floods. But climate change and a political blind eye are increasing the dangers once again. In the past few decades, however, the increasingly warming climate has caused the volume of the glacial lakes in Cordillera Blanca to expand rapidly.
A referendum in Mexico appears to have given the go-ahead to the controversial Integral Morelos Project (PIM), an infrastructure initiative that includes two thermoelectric power plants, a gas pipeline and an aqueduct in the country's central region.
A manager at the world's largest iron ore mining company is reported to have told authorities that the corporate's executive board knew there had been a "decrease in security" at the Brumadinho dam in advance of the catastrophic January burst that caused an estimated 300 deaths.
A Mexican environmental acivist was murdered last week following his political activism against a controversial carbohydron pipeline to be routed through his community.
Samir Flores Soberanes was murdered at his front door February 20 according to local reports. The killing occurred three days before a public referendum on the Morelos Comprehensive Project which includes gas, two thermoelectric plants, a gas pipeline to supply the plant with natural gas from Tlaxcala state and an aqueduct. The mostly indigenous communities around the Popocatepetl volcano, including Flores’ town of Amilcingo, have concerns about health, safety and water supply, and have been protesting the project since 2011.
Mexico’s national oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, got the go-ahead to use hydraulic fracturing for up to eight exploratory wells to tap into the country’s natural gas reserves, raising the question of whether further use of the drilling practice is on the horizon. Access to water will prove to be one of the biggest challenges in expanding hydraulic fracturing in Mexico.
Chile's Superintendency of the Environment (SMA) filed charges against Lumina Copper on Tuesday for infractions to the provisions established in its Resolutions of Environmental Rating (RCA), both at the Caserones mine and the Electric Transmission Line necessary for the development of the project.
More communities across the island are benefiting from improved sewerage service, as the Government moves to build, replace or decommission facilities serving these areas.
Belize Monday said it is working towards addressing the unpleasant stench that is affecting the residents in the capital and has blamed the wastewater emanating from several industries operating “within close proximity to each other”.
The US imports 15% of its food, much of it from Mexico. Now a study shows that America’s appetite for fresh salad, winter strawberries and the like is resulting in parched aquifers, dry rivers and salty soil across large swathes of Mexico.
Brazil will receive 10 generators that use Israeli technology to produce pure, clean-drinking water from ambient air, according to Brazilian Minister of Science Marcos Cesar Pontes.
As the death-toll rises to at least 142, with 199 still missing following the January 25 collapse of the Brumadinho Dam in Brazil, reports have emerged of weaknesses in the structure being identified last year.
Brazil Iron Ore giant Vale SA has announced that it will dismantle 10 dams similar to the iron ore tailings dam in the Minas Gerais state, which collapsed releasing a deadly flood of mining waste.
Authorities in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero are investigating the killing of eight people in what may have been a dispute over control of a natural spring in an opium-growing area, an official said Monday.
Of 150 wastewater treatment plants constructed in Oaxaca by previous state governments, only 25 function properly, 30 function but with deficiencies and 95 have been completely abandoned, the State Water Commission (CEA) said.
Brazil Iron Ore giant Vale SA has announced that it will dismantle 10 dams similar to the tailings dam in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho, which collapsed January 25 releasing a flood of mining waste that killed at least 84 people, with a further 276 currently reported missing.
Fabio Schvartsman, CEO of Vale, the world’s largest iron ore miner, said it would temporarily suspend operations using those dams and spend $1.3 Billion USD to decommission them over the next three years. "We decided the company should, once and for all, do what it takes to remove any doubt about the safety of Vale's dams," Schvartsman said.
It is being reported that att least 200 people are missing after another dam burst at a Brazilian mine and caused severe flooding in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, CNN reports. Aerial footage from CNN showed the city of Brumadinho covered in mud.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will continue to improve water systems islandwide to ensure access to the amenity to residents. Mr. Holness was speaking at the official launch of the Essex Valley Agriculture Project.