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Root Causes of Tailings Dam Overtopping: The Economics of Risk & Consequence

Root Causes of Tailings Dam Overtopping: The Economics of Risk & Consequence Lindsay Newland Bowker1 and David M. Chambers2 1Bowker Associates Science & Research in the Public Interest 15 Cove Meadow Rd Stonington, Maine 04681 USA lindsaynewlandbowker@gmail.com 2Center for Science … Continue reading

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MT POLLEY BEYOND PROXIMATE CAUSE OF FAILURE: Pre Failure Economics

Beyond “proximate cause”, the focus of most dam committee reports,  are the root economic causes of most catastrophic failures.  Imperial Metals had two principle mines, Huckleberry and Mt Polley that never achieved profitability and were developed and run on “shoe string” … Continue reading

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ALL OF BRAZILS 144 LARGE TAILINGS DAMS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AT RISK OF FAILURE AND INDEPENDENTLY RE EVALUATED BY A COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT MULTI DISCIPLINARY PANEL OF EXPERTS

CONTACT: Lindsay Newland Bowker 207 367 5145/lindsaynewlandbowker@gmail.com DATE: October 1, 2016         According this 2014 report by the Brazilian Government, Brazil has 633 tailings dams, the overwhelming majority built after enactment of the   2010 statutory overhaul. 144 are large enough … Continue reading

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Maine’s Statute & It’s Draft Implementing Rules Score Poorly on Catastrophic Failure Risk Assessment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   September 14, 2016  1333 EST   Contact lindsaynewlandbowker@gmail.com 207 367 5145   RISK OF FAILURE ASSESSMENT OF MAINE MINING STATUTE AND DRAFT IMPLEMENTING RULES Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU ARM, Environmental Risk Manager Risk of Catastrophic Failure analysis of … Continue reading

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Share Holder Litigation Puts Spotlight On Environmental Risk

Madison Condon, JD, Fellow Earth Institute, Columbia University NY, NY   Dear Ms.  Condon:   Thank you for your stunning and seminal work accurately drawing the arc between massive investor losses and poorly developed mining projects  which manifest also in … Continue reading

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Mining Financial Risks Post-“Super Cycle” Point to Escalated & Unexamined Already Accrued Public Liabilities & Environmental Security Losses

Although this Ernst & Young report on “post super cycle” mining business risks speaks from the miners point of view, not from the environmental risk/public liability point of view, the economic realities presented here are what Bowker Chambers (2015) was pointing at … Continue reading

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Samarco Executives May Face Homicide Charges For Deaths In Fundao Tailings Dam Failure

 It was reported on February 5th that Samarco executives may face homicide charges on the basis of victim autopsies and records seized by police. We have gathered all of the findings from the autopsy reports, in which we determined that … Continue reading

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1 million Cubic Meter Landslide From Ruins of Failed Fundao Dam

  On January 27 the debris in the site of the former Fundao dam  shifted causing a 10 minute slide of 1 million cubic meters of material out of the site  and necessitating the evacuation of all workers. According to … Continue reading

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TASEKO TEETERING: ANOTHER SCHOLZ VETTED “Mining Metric Original” Accrues Ever More Potential Public Liability While It Struggles With Too Much Debt And Too Little Cash Flow

 With copper prices dropping below $2 per pound, Taseko may just be trying to keep afloat during 2016. It has an estimated $65 million USD in cash at the end of 2015, and requires approximately $2.25 per pound copper to … Continue reading

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SAMARCO DAM FAILURE LARGEST BY FAR IN RECORDED HISTORY

  The Working Group met with State authorities, business, civil society and community representatives in Minas Gerais. The State has the highest concentration of industrial mines in Brazil, and the Working Group’s visit took place after the tragic disaster caused … Continue reading

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