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BHP Billiton updates on investigation findings into causes of failure at Samarco dam

Monday, 29 Aug 2016 05:48pm EDT 

BHP Billiton Ltd : Samarco update . Panel of 4 geotechnical specialists published findings into causes of failure of FundãO tailings dam at iron ore operations of Samarco . Dean Dalla Valle, BHP Billiton's chief commercial officer, said the dam failure had a devastating impact . Vale, BHP Billiton brasil and Samarco jointly commissioned Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP to investigate cause of failure . Separately undertaken a comprehensive review of significant dams, which has confirmed that those dams are stable . Says reviewing non-operated minerals joint ventures in its portfolio . Says will centralise management of all major non-operated minerals joint ventures in the minerals americas operating group . Says will establish a new BHP Billiton global standard for non-operated minerals joint ventures .Will apply the process for dam safety reviews developed by the Canadian Dam Association at all of its minerals assets.