We’re Going to See More Failures: Central Asia Metals’ Tailings Spill

November 9, 2020 • Jan Morrill
Is there a connection between climate change and tailings dam failures? S&P Global looked into this question recently, and found that as water scarcity and flooding become more erratic and severe with climate change, tailings dams become more dangerous. As… More »

5 Years After Disaster, Communities Are Still Fighting for Their Rights

November 5, 2020 • Jan Morrill
The tailings dam collapse at the Samarco mine in Mariana, Brazil has been called the worst ecological disaster the country has ever seen. On November 3, 2015, a 40 million cubic meter avalanche of mine waste killed 19 people and… More »
Barrick's Goldstrike tailings pond in Nevada, US. Photo: Ecoflight

When it Comes to Storing Mine Waste, Safety Must Come First

July 15, 2020 • Jan Morrill
On Tuesday June 30th, Earthworks joined 150 scientists, frontline communities, and environmental and human rights organizations to release a set of 16 guidelines for safer management of mine waste with the goal of protecting communities and the environment from catastrophic… More »

Tailings Spill Exposed at Mexican Mine

May 14, 2020 • Jan Morrill
Failed cover-up reveals shortcomings of industry self-regulation The Mexican government has ordered mining company Exportaciones de Minerales de Topia (EMISTA) to close a zinc and lead mine in the municipality of Canelas, Durango after the company spilled close to 6,000… More »

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China sees 2020’s First Tailings Spill

April 1, 2020 • Jan Morrill
On Saturday, March 28th, the first reported tailings spill of 2020 contaminated local water sources in Heilongjiang Province, China. The largest molybdenum mine in China, operated by Yichun Luming Mining Co, released 2.53 million cubic meters of tailings into the… More »

Donde esperar no es una opción

March 9, 2020 • Jan Morrill
En Sonora, México, una comunidad lucha para evitar volverse en el próximo desastre de la minería. (Read in English) “Si hay un derrame, desaparecemos.”  Escuché diferentes versiones de este aviso varias veces durante mi visita reciente al pueblo de Bacanuchi. … More »

Where Waiting is Not an Option

March 9, 2020 • Jan Morrill
In Sonora, Mexico, a community fights to protect itself from becoming the next major mining disaster. (Leer en español) “If there’s a spill we will disappear.”  I heard different versions of this warning repeated a number of times as I… More »