Laws, lessons, lies? The new issue of MINE is out now

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Laws, lessons, lies? The new issue of MINE is out now
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Maxime Ouellet, ing.

Laws, lessons, lies? The new issue of MINE is out now

The Brumadinho disaster remains one of the greatest mining tragedies in recent years, with a death toll in the hundreds and total damages in the billions of dollars. The fallout of the accident has been equally dramatic, with Vale trying to make amends for the damage for over three years now, and questions being raised across the mining industry regarding the safeguards being put in place at some of the industry’s biggest operations. Recently, a new wrinkle was added to the Brumadinho story. The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against Vale, alleging that it knew of potential safety breaches at its mines prior to the dam, and that they contributed to the scale of the ultimate disaster. The involvement of a foreign government office – and one focused on trade, rather than humanitarian causes – is an unexpected step, and could set a new precedent […]

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