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Mine disaster: Brazil fines BHP Billiton and Vale; expects companies to pay cleanup costs

Friday, November 13th 2015 - 09:23 UTC
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has slapped preliminary fines worth 250 million Reais ($94 million) against a BHP Billiton-Value owned mine in Minas Gerais state where two dams burst, killing at least seven people. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    So DumbAss Dilma is fining them before the reason for the disaster occurring is known?

    And all the other regions and attendant crooks can have their piece of the rich multi=national companies.

    I should imagine all potential investors in this damned country have just closed the book on them.

    Nov 13th, 2015 - 10:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    I wonder how much will actually be spent on the clean up?

    Nov 13th, 2015 - 12:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Crying, you are not an investor. You are a speculator who lives parasitizing who actually generates wealth. All evil in the world is little bit for you and your cronies.

    You are the sadness of all mankind in person.

    Nov 13th, 2015 - 12:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    So after the environmental damage and its consequences have been extensively discussed all over the news, and with the Samarco / Vale / Billiton well aware of their resonsibility, in steps fatty Dilma to give the false impression that she is in command at the helm.

    After farting out of her mouth, and telling reporters “We are determined to hold responsible those who are responsible for this,” just one question ...
    Why doesn't she hold herself and her incompetent government responsible for the crimes which have brought Brazil to a standstill ??

    @3 brasshole
    “You are the sadness of all mankind in person.”

    From what 'brown-matter' cell in your head did you extract such philosophical shit ? Lol....

    Nov 13th, 2015 - 04:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tik Tok

    These communities that suffered unfortunately in this disaster actually need the mining to stay, otherwise they are stuck in the mud.
    Brasshole, of Brazils very low export ratio, iron ore makes up a great part of exports, an export led recovery is what Brazil needs (apart from getting rid of FAT D and Liar Lula).
    So a solution that gets the communities back up and running and helping exports of iron ore is probably the best answer now isn't it??
    Otherwise tourism and a big mud slide.......

    Nov 14th, 2015 - 12:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    No turist. We live in XIX Century.

    Nov 14th, 2015 - 03:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @5 Tik Tok
    It is useless trying to get anything sensible out of the brasshole's head... ....unless you want shit.
    And he thinks he's living in the 1800' wonder he has no fucking idea what's going on in the 21st !

    Nov 14th, 2015 - 08:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tik Tok

    @5 Jack
    I know it's like talking with a brick wall with Brasshole but in saying that human perseverance has overcome many things including even trying to communicate and actually pitying the dumbest mental patients.

    Nov 14th, 2015 - 08:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hepatia

    I like the way the Brazilian federal and state prosecutors are becoming involved early on in the process. This is what should have happened in the US when British Petroleum trashed the Gulf coast. If they had then there would be more than a few British executives in a federal penitentiary today.

    Nov 17th, 2015 - 01:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @9 Hippy
    While the prosecutors appear to be doing their jobs, in Brazil you run the risk of this just being for show, as it usually is, right after some tragedy that grabs the attention of the public. Even Dilma had to show her ugly face, in order to avoid being accused of indifference, but time will tell how serious they really are at looking after the interests of the population in the affected areas, and not their own.

    Nov 17th, 2015 - 08:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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