Environment

Mariana disaster: will justice finally be served?

Based on a complaint by 240,000 individuals affected by the Mariana dam disaster of 2015, a UK law firm is suing miner BHP for damages

Houses destroyed by the mud of the Samarco dam in Bento Rodrigues, a district of Mariana. Photo: A.M. Teixeira/Shutterstock
Houses destroyed by the mud of the Samarco dam in Bento Rodrigues, a district of Mariana. Photo: A.M. Teixeira/Shutterstock

Five years after the collapse of a tailings dam operated by mining company Samarco caused untold environmental damage to the town of Mariana in the state of Minas Gerais, a case filed by international law firm PGMBM against miner BHP will be opened in Manchester, England today. The plaintiffs request GBP 5 billion (USD 6.36 billion) in compensation for the losses caused by the tragedy in 2015, which resulted in 19 deaths and widespread environmental devastation caused by the spill of toxic sludge.

The collective complaint includes 240,000 individuals, 24 municipalities, 11,000 businesses, and the Krenak indigenous community. In...

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