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Sirens for Mariana, Brazil

May 6, 2016 • Fabiana Alves

Greenpeace has joined the #UmMinutoDeSirene collective to mark the six months passed since the tragedy that killed 19 people, an entire river, and also left a trail of destruction from the state of Minas Gerais to the beaches of Espírito Santo in Brazil.

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Post-Mount Polley: Tailings Dam Safety in British Columbia

March 22, 2016 • David Chambers, Ph.D., P. Geop.

This report assesses the tailings dam designs at four mines in B.C. in light of the recommendations of the Mount Polley Expert Panel to examine whether regulatory agencies are applying best available technology to reduce the risk of catastrophic tailings dam failures, and where they aren’t, if changes could be made to do so.

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More solar, fewer blue flames, safer communities, better climate

January 13, 2016 • Jennifer Krill

Natural gas is not cleaner than coal.

But thanks to boatloads of advertising and campaign contributions, oil and gas lobbyists has convinced many politicians, including President Obama, that replacing coal with natural gas is a viable way to stave off catastrophic climate change.

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UNEP Letter re: global review and regulations of mining tailings dams’ safety

January 13, 2016 • Earthworks et. al.

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What I Saw in Porter Ranch

January 12, 2016 • Pete Dronkers

It’s early December, and I’m siting in a mega-church packed with more than 500 people. They’re here to listen to an update on the efforts to contain an enormous natural gas blowout that occurred more than a month before. Gas from the leak is being blown by prevailing winds right into their community of Porter Ranch, in Los Angeles County, CA. 

People are mad. 

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Are we going to sit back and wait for the next mine waste disaster?

December 22, 2015 • Jennifer Krill

“If the dam had collapsed at night, everyone would have died”.

These chilling words came from Duarte Junior, a mayor of a city downstream from Samarco mine waste dam that failed last month in Minas Gerais, a state in southwestern Brazil.

Publications

Letter to ICMM re: tailings dam review

December 17, 2015 • Earthworks et. al.
Media Releases

At BHP Billiton shareholder meeting, protesters demand justice for Brazilian mining disaster victims

November 19, 2015 • Earthworks, Greenpeace Brazil, Greenpeace Australia

Perth, Australia, Nov 19 – Greenpeace protesters today disrupted BHP Billiton’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to demand justice for the thousands of victims of the mining waste spill that destroyed the historic Brazilian town of Mariana in Minas Gerais state. The Germano iron mine, whose tailings (waste) dam failed on November 5th, is operated by Samarco - a joint venture co-owned by Australia-based BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, and Brazil-based Vale S.A, one of the world’s five largest mining companies.