On February 17, The Brazilian Report informed our premium newsletter subscribers of a leak in a bauxite dam located in northern Brazil. Strong rainfall in the region of Bacarena, in the state of Pará, has reportedly led to the overflow of an aluminum residue dam owned by mining company Hydro Alunorte, a subsidiary of Norway’s Norsk Hydro. Locals registered the presence of reddish mud after the rains.
Since then, new information has emerged from the case. Here, we’re breaking it down for you.
1. The leak
Intense rainfall on February 16 and 17 caused floods in Bacarena, a city in the state of Pará. Residents informed Pará’s State Prosecution Office of possible water contamination in the region. Areas adjacent to the dam owned by Hydro Alunorte presented a reddish color – which is the same color of bauxite residue.