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 »

Comunidades e a Sociedade Civil Pedem Ação Para Prevenir Mais Desastres de Rejeitos de Mineração Por Ocasião do Primeiro Aniversário do Derramamento Fatal no Brasil

January 30, 2020

Communities & Civil Society Call for Action to Prevent More Mine Waste Disasters on First Anniversary of Deadly Brazilian Spill

January 23, 2020
Washington, DC Jan 23 — Communities and civil society groups are marking the first anniversary of one of the world’s deadliest mine waste disasters by highlighting the dangerous practices of the mining industry, and calling for stricter oversight. On January 25th,… More »

Latest mining waste dam failure was preventable, foreseen

January 26, 2019
Expert recommendations & research ignored by global mining industry Statement of Earthworks’ Mining Director Payal Sampat “Vale’s Brumadinho mining waste dam failure is all the more tragic because the mining industry knows how to prevent them, yet failed to act.… More »

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The latest mining waste dam failure

January 25, 2019 • Ellen Moore
First responders are reporting ‘various deaths’ and at least 200 missing from a tailings dam break at Vale SA’s Feijão Mine in Brumadinho, located in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In addition to consuming the Vale’s entire property, the… More »

No more mining disasters

November 5, 2016 • Payal Sampat

One year ago, on November 5, 2015, a mining waste dam failed at the Samarco iron mine in rural Brazil, unleashing an enormous torrent of chemical-laden sludge into the Rio Doce. At least 19 people died and some 700 people were left homeless. Aquatic ecosystems were wiped out by the plume of pollution that reached the Atlantic Ocean. What remains is a polluted river that locals will have to contend with for decades to come.

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.

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.