Performance Protest at Vale Shareholder Meeting Draws Attention to Mining Disaster in Brazil

On 4th Dec 2015, the world's biggest ore producer, Vale, held a shareholders' meeting and press conference at the Mayfair Hotel, London.  A month earlier, on 5th November, two tailings dams burst in the state of Minas Gerais in the south-east of Brazil. The dams were managed by Samarco, a joint venture between Vale, and the Anglo-Australian mining giant, BHP Billiton.  An environmental disaster was unleashed as 60 million cubic metres of toxic slurry flattened five settlements and filled the River Doce floodplain. Twenty three people were killed, 600 displaced, and a quarter of a million left without clean water.  The dirty mud has since travelled 500km to the ocean, and despite assurances from Vale, the UN have backed up local studies that show the effluent is high in toxic metals... read more
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Performance Protest at Vale Shareholder Meeting Draws Attention to Mining Disaster in Brazil