01 Aug Samarco close to gaining restart licence
Sao Paulo: Samarco Mineracao, the Brazilian BHP-Vale mining venture that hasn’t operated since a deadly dam collapse in 2015, is close to regaining a licence to restart production with the help of a former Greenpeace advisor.
The licence will most likely be granted within the second half of this year, the Minas Gerais state environmental agency said. A Samarco spokeswoman declined to comment.
Samarco has already reached an agreement with the regulator and could get formal permission to operate as soon as mid-September, said people familiar with the situation, who asked not to be named.
Samarco has been advised by Lina Pimentel, a former Greenpeace lawyer and now environmental legal specialist at law firm Mattos Filho. Pimentel, who also served as chief of the environmental agency in the state of Sao Paulo, started working with Samarco right after the 2015 accident in Mariana, Minas Gerais, which killed 19 people.