New Report – UN Body Urges Mining Companies To Put Safety First

New Report – UN Body Urges Mining Companies To Put Safety First

(London-Washington-Ottawa). An international coalition of non-governmental organizations welcomes the new Assessment Report Summary released last week in Geneva by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which urges States and the industry to end deadly and damaging mining waste spills by enforcing a “zero-failure objective.”...

BHP Billiton employees face criminal charges on Brazil dam disaster

BHP Billiton employees face criminal charges on Brazil dam disaster

Originally posted by The Guardian. By Rob Davies. Eight employees of BHP Billiton face criminal charges over the Samarco dam collapse a year ago that left 19 people dead and hundreds homeless, amid accusations that the company put profit before safety. Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday charged 26 people, 21 for...

A Message of Solidarity to the People of Mariana, Brazil

A Message of Solidarity to the People of Mariana, Brazil

Formulated during the COP21 climate conference, this letter of solidarity from Yes to Life, No to Mining goes out to the people of Mariana, and all those who live along the Rio Doce in Brazil, who are victims of the recent Samarco tailings dam disaster. (Portuguese & French translations below.) The...

Study: Tailings Dam Failures On The Rise

Study: Tailings Dam Failures On The Rise

A new study by Earthworks has demonstrated that since 1960 ‘serious’ and ‘very serious’ failures at Tailings Storage Facilities have increased, despite industry claims to the contrary. This means that the impacts of tailings dam failures are becoming increasingly more grievous. In a keynote address at a 2011 tailings conference,...