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Sunday September 23, 2018

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Dam Engineer Worried About ‘Embarrassment’
Infrastructure
Friday December 8 2017

Dam Engineer Worried About ‘Embarrassment’

Queensland dam engineers were concerned before the 2011 floods that they could suffer a "major embarrassment" if they released water and then dire rainfall predictions didn't...

Water Shortage Hits Melbourne
Residential
Thursday July 20 2017

Water Shortage Hits Melbourne

A Melbourne water provider has ruled out any imminent price increase and will not rely on extra supply from the multibillion-dollar desalination plant, despite a near-record...

Victoria’s Desal Plant Finally Starts Flowing
Environment
Monday March 20 2017

Victoria’s Desal Plant Finally Starts Flowing

Victoria's multi-billion dollar, much-maligned desalination plant has finally begun topping up Melbourne's water storages after years of laying dormant.

Asbestos Found Near Queensland Dam
Safety
Wednesday November 9 2016

Asbestos Found Near Queensland Dam

Authorities have played down concerns about drinking water for residents in Brisbane's bayside, after asbestos material was found dumped near Leslie Harrison Dam.

BHP Brazil Dam Failed by Drainage, Design
Infrastructure
Wednesday August 31 2016

BHP Brazil Dam Failed by Drainage, Design

The deadly collapse of a tailings dam last November at the Samarco mine, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, was caused by drainage and design...

Samarco Fined $56m for Brazil Dam Burst
Infrastructure
Monday June 20 2016

Samarco Fined $56m for Brazil Dam Burst

Brazil's Environment Ministry has fined mining company Samarco 142 million reais ($A56.29 million) for damages to three protected areas resulting from a tailings dam burst in...

Are Megaprojects Worth It?
Business
Tuesday May 3 2016

Are Megaprojects Worth It?

Megaprojects are increasingly gaining worldwide popularity, often justified by claimed economies of scale and future expansion.

Dam Could Expose Hundreds of People to Toxic Mercury: Study
Infrastructure
Friday April 29 2016

Dam Could Expose Hundreds of People to Toxic Mercury: Study

A new study says a hydroelectric dam currently in the works in Newfoundland and Labrador could expose more than 200 Inuit people to excessive levels of...

BHP Faces Legal Action over Brazil Dam Collapse
Environment
Friday February 26 2016

BHP Faces Legal Action over Brazil Dam Collapse

BHP Billiton's chief executive and chairman are named in a lawsuit filed in the United States by investors seeking damages over the fatal Brazilian dam disaster.

Structural
Jul 25 2018
Hundreds Missing in Laos After Dam Collapses

Hundreds of people are missing and several are feared dead after a hydro-electric power dam under construction in southern Laos collapsed, causing flash flooding which swept...

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Environment
Mar 21 2018
Melbourne Put on Notice over Water Use

Melburnians are being put on notice for excessive water use, with the city's dam levels dropping 64 billion litres over summer, despite higher-than-normal rainfall.

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Mining
Mar 16 2018
Newcrest Disappointed at Cadia Dam Breach

Goldminer Newcrest is disappointed that part of a tailings dam collapsed at its Cadia mine in NSW but is still searching for answers on why the...

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Infrastructure
11 Dec, 2017
Qld Dam Operator to Continue Legal Defence

The operators of Queensland's Wivenhoe Dam will continue their defence against a class action when a trial over the 2011 floods resumes in Sydney on Monday.

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