mining safety News

Mining Groups Should Be Required to Buy Insurance for Tailings Dams: Report

Mining companies should be required to buy private insurance for tailings dams and their board of directors should be held legally responsible for any disasters, a coalition of 140 environmental groups said in a report published on Tuesday. The recommendations, …

Explosion at Anglo American Coal Mine in Australia Injures 5, Halts Production

An explosion halted production on Wednesday at a coal mine run by Anglo American in Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland, injuring five people just months after a review of the industry called for better regulation. The incident is the company’s …

Brazil’s Vale Knew Deadly Tailings Dam Was Unsafe as Far Back as 2003: Report

An independent investigation requested by Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA into the causes of the Brumadinho tailings dam disaster that killed 270 people a year ago found the company knew about the problem but failed to deal with it. …

Public Consultation Launched to Help Set Global Standards for Tailings Dams

A six-week public consultation launched [in London] on Friday will help set global standards to improve mining safety, aiming to prevent any repeat of the Vale tailings dam disaster in Brazil that killed 300 people in January. Tailings dams are …

Vale’s ‘Negligence’ May Have Cost Lives, Says Brazil Mining Regulator

Brazil’s mining regulator on Tuesday blasted iron ore miner Vale SA for failing to disclose problems with a mining dam before a deadly collapse in January, saying this kept the agency from taking actions that could have saved lives. The …

Vale CEO Received Emailed Warning Ahead of Brazil Dam Collapse: Report

The former chief executive of Brazilian iron ore miner Vale received an anonymous email weeks before the deadly collapse of a tailings dam at Brumadinho in January 2019 warning about “dams at their limit,” according to the findings of an …

Brazil Police Accuse Mining Firm Vale, Auditor of Fraud Related to Deadly Dam Collapse

Brazilian federal police proposed criminal charges against Vale SA, auditor TÜV SÜD and 13 of their employees, alleging fraud in relation to a deadly dam collapse in January, according to a document seen by Reuters on Friday. Federal police accused …

Mining Firm Vale Must Fix All Damages from Deadly Dam Collapse: Brazil Court

A Brazilian state judge on Tuesday convicted mining company Vale SA for damages caused by the deadly rupture of a tailings dam in January that killed at least 240 people. Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira ruled that Vale is responsible for …

Global Mining Firms Reveal Safety Plans for Tailings Dams After Deadly Brazil Disasters

Global miners BHP Group, Anglo American Plc and Glencore Plc revealed details on tailings dams, months after ethical investors sought the information following a second deadly dam disaster in Brazil. BHP, which operates 67 tailings facilities, said on Friday it …

Vale’s Gongo Soco Mine Tailings Dam Faces 10%-15% Risk of Collapse: Brazil Official

Brazilian miner Vale‘s tailings dam in the town of Barao de Cocais in Minas Gerais has up to a 15% chance of breaking, the state’s environment secretary said on Monday. The dam at Vale‘s Gongo Soco mine is about 40 …