Second spill at Samarco site, Brazil
There has been another spill at the Samarco mine in Brazil, just three months after the disaster that killed 17 people and caused widespread environmental devastation.
Reports say about 150 workers had to evacuated from the BHP/Vale joint venture, after heavy rainfall caused a landslide.
Samarco claims the landslide did not contain any mining residues or reach local waterways, and that no one was injured.
The company said its two dams, dubbed Germano and Santarem, are “stable” and being monitored constantly.
Samarco has suspended its operations, but was likely not doing very much after mining rights at the site were declared “unavailable” by a judge in December.