Entries by David Manthos

Truth Elusive as Oil Slicks Spread in Caspian Sea

Last week we reported that heavy seas and high winds in the Caspian Sea were suspected to be the cause of a fatal accident at the SOCAR #10 Platform in the Caspian Sea. The platform is operated by SOCAR, the Azerbaijani state oil company, and is located in the Gunashli oil field approximately 65 miles […]

Fire, Smoke, and Slicks Observed in the Caspian Sea

On Dec. 4, high wind and high seas are believed to be at least partly responsible for a fatal fire at an oil platform in the Caspian Sea.  Reports from a local worker’s association put the death toll at 32, though those reports have not been confirmed by SOCAR, the Azerbaijani state oil company which operates Platform #10 […]

Rising Waste Levels Observed at Samarco Prior to Disaster

Satellite imagery collected in the months leading up to the catastrophic Samarco mine disaster on November 5 in Minas Gerais, Brazil reveal a substantial increase in the amount of water and mine waste being stored behind the now failed Fundão Dam. Images taken by the satellite Earth-imaging company Planet Labs two months before the dam collapse show […]

Threat Remains for Communities Downstream of Samarco Iron Mine

As we reported last week, a catastrophic dam failure at the Samarco iron mine in southern Brazil killed 11 and left 12 missing, buried the town of Bento Rodrigues under millions of cubic meters of toxic mine waste, and left thousands across the region without clean water. Troublingly, the threat of further flooding persists as […]