Despite forewarning and a global trend of similar catastrophes, BHP and Vale S.A. – two of world’s largest mining companies – didn’t act to prevent disaster. 

Activists disrupted BHP Billiton’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to demand justice for the thousands of victims of the mining waste spill that destroyed the historic Brazilian town of Mariana in Minas Gerais state. The Germano iron mine, whose tailings (waste) dam failed on November 5th, is operated by Samarco – a joint venture co-owned by Australia-based BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, and Brazil-based Vale S.A, one of the world’s five largest mining companies.

Greenpeace and GetUp activists held banners reading “BHP: Mud and Profit” and “#justiceforMariana” before holding a media conference outside the AGM. Our climate campaigner, Dr. Nikola Casule, then attended the AGM and questioned the Board about the disaster.

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