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BHP, Vale agree to settle one Samarco suit, second delayed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mining giants BHP and Vale, co-owners of Samarco, Tuesday reached agreement with Brazilian public authorities to settle a 20 billion real (US$5.3 billion) civil suit over a mine collapse that left 19 people dead. The companies also established a framework to progress a second 155 billion real claim brought by federal prosecutors in the next two years, Australia's BHP said in a statement. It left 19 people dead in one of the South American nation's worst environmental disasters. read more


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