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Conflicting Narratives On The Road To Tailings Reform

Lindsay Newland Bowker, November 22, 2020, Stonington, Maine LNBowker@bowkerassociates.org Really enjoyed the framing of this work on how conflicting narratives emerge in the wake of any man-made disaster and how they played out and are still playing out in obfuscating … Continue reading

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VALE NOT ANOMALOUS WITH ITS TROUBLED TSF PORTFOLIO

VALE’S TROUBLE IN 1/3 OF ITS TAILINGS FACILITIES EXISTS WORLD WIDE Release: October 7,2020, Stonington, Maine, U.S.A. Contact : Lindsay Newland Bowker LNBowker@bowkerassociates.org 207 367 5145 Vale is not alone in this and that only their TSF woes makes news … Continue reading

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COE TAILINGS DISCLOSURES NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF WORLD TAILINGS AND NOT THE RIGHT DATA FOR ASSESSING COMMUNITY OF ORIGIN RISK

NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF ADVOCACY OR MINERAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE HAS THERE BEEN MORE FACTUAL DATA AVAILABLE AND LESS DONE WITH IT to effect community of origin security and  secure  damage   compensation for long past,long avoided and continuing failure damages … Continue reading

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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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BRAZIL A RUNAWAWY TRAIN INCAPABLE OF DE RISKING ITS AT RISK TAILINGS FACILITIES

 DATE: March 17,2019  (revised 4/3/2019) CONTACT:LNBOWKER@BOWKERASSOCIATES.ORG   I have no faith that anyone in Brazil has the technical competence to  assess the stability of the 17 identified large at risk dams  let alone figure out how to safely de risk … 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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THE VENERABLE TODD MARTIN & OTHER AMEC ENGINEERS FACE DISCIPLINARY INQUIRY ON MT POLLEY A time for Examination & Discernment For Needed Changes To Governance

CONTACT Lindsay Newland Bowker, Bowker Associates Science & Research In The Public Interest LNBowker@BowkerAssociates.org 207 367 5145 September 27, 2018 https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/business/three-engineers-to-face-disciplinary-hearings-in-mount-polley-disaster-1.4110941   This is good news indeed to have this focus on a key aspect of  the events leading to … Continue reading

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Herbert Hoover& The Birth Of Mining Finance Globalization

An exercise of scouting a preliminary list of mining history’s most important books, documents and manuscripts  has been a fascinating journey.  Technology advances but the fundamentals of “extraction” are eternal in all cultures for all time.  Those eternals play out over and … Continue reading

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BHP INVESTOR LOSSES BRAZILIAN LAW & NAVIGATING NON OPERATED JOINT VENTURE LIABILITY EXPOSURES

Contact : Lindsay Newland Bowker LNBowker@BowkerAssociates.org      Date July 27, 2018 Brazilian mining law wants foreign investment but not foreign owner control of its mineral resource extractions. From a liability point of view Brazilian law sets up a circular firing squad … Continue reading

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