Yesterday the official report into the Samarco Tailings Dam failure in Brazil was released. A website has been created to allow the report to be downloaded. The investigation documents a long series of management problems at the site prior to the final collapse.
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A new video has appeared on Youtube showing the remarkable mudflow released by the Samarco Tailings dam failure in Brazil in 2015
It now appears that about 30 people died in the Samarco talings dam disaster at Bento Rodriguez in Brazil on Thursday. Two tailings dams collapsed, starting with a large upstream structure,
On 10th July 2019 another significant tailings dam failure occurred, this time at the Cobriza mine in Peru, releasing cyanide pollution into the Rio Mantaro
In Brazil another tailings dam, at the Gongo Soco mine in Barão de Cocais to the east of Belo Horizonte, is at risk of failure due to a rock wall collapse.
A Perspectives article in Science (Santamarina et al. 2019) argues that we need a better understanding of the processes leading to tailings dam failures as well as greatly improved management and regulation of tailings facilities
Brazilian mining company Vale warned on Friday that the Sul Superior tailings dam, at the Gongo Soco mine in Minas Gerais, is at risk of imminent collapse
The human and environmental costs of the Brumadinho disaster in Brazil are becoming increasingly clear, whilst speculation continues as to the causes of the collapse of the tailings dam
The enormous scale of the tailings dam collapse at Feijão mine in Brumadinho, Brazil is now clear. The dam was 87 m high, holding c13 million cubic metres.