Brazil mine disaster News

Brazil Judge Orders Vale to Pay Damages to Families of Victims of 2019 Mining Disaster

BRASILIA – A regional labor judge has ordered Brazilian miner Vale SA to pay 1 million reais ($197,240) in compensation to each of the families of 131 employees killed in the collapse of a mining dam in 2019. The disaster …

London Court Will Reconsider $6.9B Suit Against BHP Over 2015 Brazil Dam Collapse

LONDON – London’s Court of Appeal will hear a request to revive a 5 billion pound ($6.95 billion) lawsuit against Anglo-Australian mining group BHP over a 2015 dam failure in Brazil, a court order showed. Judge Nicholas Underhill has agreed …

Lawsuit Against BHP over Brazil Dam Collapse Fails on Appeal in English Court

LONDON – A 200,000-strong Brazilian claimant group said on Wednesday it had failed to resurrect a 5.0 billion pound ($6.9 billion) English lawsuit against Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP over a devastating 2015 dam failure. The Court of Appeal agreed with …

Upstream Mine Tailings Dams Pose Higher Risks of Instability: Study

The most widespread type of dam used to store mine waste is nearly twice as unstable as the average tailings facility, a global study showed on Friday, highlighting the risk of so-called “upstream” construction techniques that some countries have banned. …

Vale Agrees to Pay Settlement of $7 Billion for Brazilian Mine Disaster in 2019

Vale SA reached a settlement agreement with Brazilian authorities for a dam collapse that killed 270 people and led to production cutbacks that stripped the company of the title of world’s biggest iron ore producer. The deal comes two years …

Brazilian Dam Claimants to Take BHP Class Action to English Court of Appeal

Lawyers for about 200,000 Brazilian claimants, whose multi-billion dollar lawsuit against Anglo-Australian miner BHP over a 2015 dam collapse was struck down last November, said on Tuesday they will petition the English Court of Appeal to review the case. “This …

English Court Blocks $6.6B Brazil Lawsuit Against Mining Firm BHP Over Burst Dam

A 5.0 billion pound ($6.6 billion) English lawsuit against Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP has been struck out, in a blow to a 200,000-strong Brazilian claimant group seeking damages after a devastating dam failure in 2015. A High Court judge in …

Mining Giants BHP, Vale Accused of Colluding to Cut Payouts to Victims of Dam Collapse

Brazilian federal prosecutors have accused mining giants BHP and Vale of colluding with a lawyer to reduce compensation for victims of a fatal dam collapse and interfere with a landmark lawsuit against BHP in the UK. A mining waste dam …

Prosecutors Want Brazil Court to Make Vale Mine Replace Executives Tied to Lax Safety

Federal prosecutors in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state are seeking a court order for miner Vale SA to replace executives they accuse of disregarding safety procedures following two deadly mining disasters. They have asked a court in Minas Gerais to name …

Miner BHP Calls $6.3B English Lawsuit over Brazil Dam Collapse ‘Pointless and Wasteful’

Anglo-Australian miner BHP has dismissed as pointless and wasteful a 5 billion pound ($6.3 billion) English lawsuit by 200,000 Brazilian people and groups over the 2015 collapse of a dam that led to Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. Kicking off an …