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According to recent updates, about 110 people have been confirmed dead after a dam collapse in Brazil

Monday, 28 January 2019 01:00

Fatal dam collapse in Brazil

A disastrous dam collapse in Brazil has resulted in, at least, 7 fatalities and more than 200 people missing.

United States Federal investigators said that engineering errors by an Environmental Protection Agency-contracted team “led directly” to the August, 2015 Gold King Mine spill, which could have been prevented.  The much anticipated 132-page report from the Interior Department following the spill of an estimated 3 million gallons of acidic mining sludge into the Animas River, pointed to miscalculations and poor planning.

A recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points out that drinking-water wells' contamination by natural gas, provided it is not naturally occurring, is attributed to human causes and particularly to poor lining of the wells drilled during hydraulic fracturing.