A major work product of Bowker Chamber 2015 ( “Risk-Public Liability-Economics of Tailings Storage Facility Failures” Bowker & Chambers, July 2015,) this downloadable excel of the data base we created for all authoritatively reported Tailings Facility Failures 1910-2009 is the most complete compilation known .
Dr. David M. Chambers ( Center for Science in Community Particpation) & Lindsay Newland Bowker ( Director, Bowker Associates Science & Research In The Public Interest) are pleased to be able to share this machine readable compiilation with other researchers and to invite collaborative input to it to fill gaps that still remain and add failures never reported. Recently we discovered a 2007 catastrophic failure in Minas Gerais that had not been previously reported at WISE. It finally turned up at WISE 8 years later.
We found authoritative compilations of events in the Phillipines, Chile, and China that were not reported in WISE and were not included in ICOLD Bulletin 121 ( a global compilation by survey through 2000).
A key attribute of our compilation is the severity rankings which are shown numerically and by color code. The criteria governing these codes were total release, run out, and deaths. Another key feature of our revised data base is identification of the event by correct mine name . parent company, and subsidiary/operator. That this protocol is not part of the WISE and original Bulletin 212 ICOLD compilations was an initial obstacle not only to eliminating duplicates and identifying repeated occurrences at the same mine. Not having correct mine name and parent company also hindered other research on the mine and the economic/financial circumstances leading up to failure.
We are collaboratively tracking, vetting and compiling authoritative data on post 2009 failures and still filling in missing data on pre 2010 events.
We hope to post annual updates to our compilation.which will also review trends and next decade rpedictions.. Based on data through December 31, 2014 we are still predicting 11 catatastrophic tailngs facility failures for the decade 2010-2019 at a cost of $6 billion globally.
Please forward all updates, additional data, additional information to Dr. Chambers and copy us at firstname.lastname@example.org.