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Canadian Financial Regulators Need to Investigate Belo Sun’s Misleading Claims

August 3, 2021 • Jan Morrill
In Brazil, the Canadian mining company Belo Sun is pushing to develop what would be the country’s largest open-pit gold mine in the heart of the Amazon rainforest without the consent of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The Volta Grande… More »
Employees from Brazil’s Ministry of Environment survey the damage of the tailings dam failure near Brumadinho, Brazil. Photo: Vinícius Mendonça/Ibama

Credibility Crisis: How The Mining Industry Co-Opted the Global Tailings Review

May 24, 2021 • Jan Morrill
After the deadly 2019 tailings dam failure in Brumadinho, Brazil that killed 272 people, investors from Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the mining industry, represented by the industry trade group the International Council… More »

Safety Measures Continue to Lag as Mine Waste Piles Up

March 10, 2021 • Jan Morrill
Understanding tailings dam safety is important because people and ecosystems die when mine tailings dams fail. In 2019, a tailings dam collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil killing 272 people and dumping 9.7 million cubic meters of mine waste over the surrounding… More »

History of Mine Waste Failures in Serbia Sheds Light on New Threats

February 25, 2021 • Jan Morrill
This blog was co-written by Earthworks International Mining Campaigner Jan Morrill and Mirko Nikolić of the Institute for Culture & Society at Linköping University. In May of 2014 Serbia was hit by record rain: three months’ worth of rain, over… More »

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We’re Going to See More Failures: Central Asia Metals’ Tailings Spill

November 9, 2020 • Jan Morrill
Is there a connection between climate change and tailings dam failures? S&P Global looked into this question recently, and found that as water scarcity and flooding become more erratic and severe with climate change, tailings dams become more dangerous. As… More »

5 Years After Disaster, Communities Are Still Fighting for Their Rights

November 5, 2020 • Jan Morrill
The tailings dam collapse at the Samarco mine in Mariana, Brazil has been called the worst ecological disaster the country has ever seen. On November 3, 2015, a 40 million cubic meter avalanche of mine waste killed 19 people and… More »
Barrick's Goldstrike tailings pond in Nevada, US. Photo: Ecoflight

When it Comes to Storing Mine Waste, Safety Must Come First

July 15, 2020 • Jan Morrill
On Tuesday June 30th, Earthworks joined 150 scientists, frontline communities, and environmental and human rights organizations to release a set of 16 guidelines for safer management of mine waste with the goal of protecting communities and the environment from catastrophic… More »

Tailings Spill Exposed at Mexican Mine

May 14, 2020 • Jan Morrill
Failed cover-up reveals shortcomings of industry self-regulation The Mexican government has ordered mining company Exportaciones de Minerales de Topia (EMISTA) to close a zinc and lead mine in the municipality of Canelas, Durango after the company spilled close to 6,000… More »