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19 Nov 2018

Lise Alves, The Rio Times

Vale & BHP Billiton ask 39 Brazilian municipalities to withdraw lawsuits over Samarco dam collapse; propose settlement

"Samarco Offers Millions to Brazil to Drop Dam-Break Lawsuits", 16 Nov 2018

Thirty-nine municipalities in the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo have been offered R$53 million to withdraw lawsuits against Samarco and its main shareholders, Brazil’s Vale and Anglo-Australian giant BHP Billiton, including those filed in the United Kingdom, according to government news agency Agencia Brasil...The Renova Foundation, is the entity created by Vale, BHP Billiton and Samarco to manage the payment and repair of all damages caused in the Rio Doce Basin, after the Samarco dam break in 2015....“A lot of people were indirectly affected [by the spill] and no one is taking responsibility. “The entire population depends on the city’s public services which has also been affected,” stated Mariana’s mayor Duarte Junior to reporters covering the third anniversary of the disaster last week...

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UK: BHP faces £5bn lawsuit over Samarco dam collapse

BHP & Vale lawsuit (re dam collapse in Brazil, filed in Brazil)