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 »

Obi Island

Harita Group, which currently operates two nickel mining sites and four processing facilities in Indonesia, is constructing a new processing plant to produce electric vehicle battery-grade minerals. The mining and processing is expected to produce 6 million tonnes of waste… More »

Morowali

Tsingshan Holding Group Co. Ltd., majority owner of the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP), wants to add four facilities to process nickel for electric vehicle batteries at its already massive operation. The company planned to dump up to 25 million… More »

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Papua New Guinea says “No” to ocean dumping

October 30, 2020 • Ellen Moore
Faced with widespread and unrelenting local opposition, the Papua New Guinea government indicated it would put the brakes on plans to dump 13 million tonnes of mine waste from the Wafi-Golpu mine into the Huon Gulf. Unfortunately, the environmental minister… More »

Earthworks weighs in on historic UN Resolution on Mineral Resource Governance

September 9, 2020 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-written by Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello and Jan Morrill In March of 2019, the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), part of the United Nations Environmental Programme, passed an unprecedented resolution on Mineral Resource Governance.… More »

Earthworks Submission on the UNEA-4 Mineral Resource Governance Resolution

September 9, 2020
Hazeltine Creek was devastated by the 2015 Mt. Polley tailings spill in British Columbia, Canda. Photo: Chris Blake

Statement: Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management Falls Short

August 5, 2020
Background: Today, the Global Tailings Review, a process co-convened by the International Council on Mining and Metals, the UN Environment Programme and Principles for Responsible Investment, released its Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management. Earthworks provided comments on earlier drafts… More »