Moscow. November 18. Residents of the Brazilian state of Bahia has filed a lawsuit against the company Samarco Mineracao, demanding payment of 10 billion reais ($2,62 billion) in compensation for damage caused to the environment as a result of dam failure at the mine iron ore company in the neighboring state of Minas Gerais, reports local newspaper Noticias R7.
Most of the plaintiffs, whose interests are represented by counsel Pedro Eduardo Pinheiro da Silva, are concerned about the pollution of the main river of the region – the Rio Doce. The petition stated that because the river flows not only through Minas Gerais, it is the “domain Federation”.
Besides, the lawyer considers it necessary to block 1 billion reais on the company’s accounts and forbid her distribution of profits and payment of dividends until such time as the damage will not be eliminated.
Earlier it was reported that the Brazilian authorities will be fined Samarco – a joint venture of BHP Billiton and Vale on a parity basis – for 250 million reais for the breakthrough of the dam. In total, the losses of the company (fines, loss on delivery contracts, the funds on the accounts) exceeded 1.7 billion reais from the moment of dam failure.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during his visit to the affected area promised to prosecute everyone who is guilty in accident.
Two tailings dams near the Samarco mine broke on 5 November, seven people were killed, and about twenty missing. Destroyed village Bento-Rodriguez, over 630 local residents were evacuated because of the threat of breakthrough of the third dam.
In addition, there is a growing fear that landslides and mudslides can degrade the quality of drinking water and jeopardize the water supply in the territory of the state of Minas Gerais and its neighbouring espírito Santo, where about 800 thousand people.
Choose BHP and Vale do not give estimates losses from catastrophes, according to analysts, is the amount in excess of $1 billion.