Category Archives: Catastrophic Tailings Failures

A RECONSIDERATION OF THE ‘SOCIAL LICENSE TO OPERATE’ Isn’t It Government’s Job to Provide For safety and Well Being of its People, Lands & Water?

CONTACT: Lindsay Newland Bowker, Executive Director World Mine Tailings Failures compiler@worldminetailingsfailures.org March 5,2020   The Responsible Mining Foundation has just released its 2020 Responsible Mining Index with the survey results , all post Brumadinho, on progress towards “Responsible Mining.”   Post … Continue reading

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BRUMADINHO HOVERED IN CONTINUAL STATE OF FRAGILITY THROUGHOUT ITS LIFE: EXPERT PANEL REPORT

CONTACT: Lindsay Newland Bowker compiler@worldminetailingsfailures.org A real page turner!!! The expert panel technical cause of failure report commissioned by Vale was released yesterday (December 12, 2019). This is a very  distinguished  panel but as with all such commissioned  works it … Continue reading

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BRUMADINHO:WHO KNEW WHAT WHEN?WAS ITS FRAIL CONDITION RECOGNIZED BY VALE OR BY GOVERNMENT?

All in the 4th estate have done an absolutely fantastic job unpacking the bits and pieces that are now in the public domain and trying to say the right things about them.  Our work here at World Mine Tailings Failures is dedicated … 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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Citing Repeated Presentation of False Information By DEP to BEP and JSCENR BOWKER ASSOCIATES HAS CALLED FOR A STOP THE CLOCK ON CONTINUED REVIEW OF THE DRAFT MINING RULE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 16, 2016 CONTACT: Lindsay Newland Bowker, Managing Director, Bowker Associates, Science & Research In The Public Interest 207 367 5145  lindsaynewlandbowker@gmail.com The following letter was sent by Bowker Associates Managing Director, Lindsay Newland Bowker to DEP … 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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SAMARCO PANEL ATTRIBUTES PRIMARY CAUSE OF FAILURE TO INEFFECTIVE SEPARATION OF SLIMES AND SANDS AND INADEQUATE DRAINAGE OF SANDS

Moments ago Vale, BHP and Samarco concluded their press conference presenting the findings of their indepdendent panel on the causes of the Fundao Tailings dam failure . The report was commissioned by Vale. A full copy in English is up at … 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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GUADALCANAL COMMUNITY DOWNSTREAM OF TROUBLED GOLD RIDGE MINE FEAR DEWATERING IS OUT OF CONTROL

April 7,2016   http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/national/10086-heavy-rain-threatens-tailings-facility   Sadly, this news this morning from the Solomon’s, underscores the universality of the issues of disenfranchisement and lack of accountability to fundamental community needs and values that is indemic to the “social license to operate” … Continue reading

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