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:: Leopoldina Cow :3:

LeopoldinaCow3

Two months ago, a dam of tailings from a mining company (150km away from BH) has broken, flooded a nearby village and polluted water and land, making it the biggest environmental disaster of all time in Brazil. All this mud, laden with toxic metals was carried by a creek to a larger river and arrived one month later to the Atlantic Ocean 600 km away. 19 people died washed away and tons of fish and aquatic life were lost. A nature conservation park was severely damaged. Hundreds of people lost their homes and properties and temporarily were moved to another city waiting for a new village will be built on a more secure place. The water of these rivers has become impossible to be consumed by the population of nearby towns, by the cattle of the farms, by agriculture and for fishery. Cities are dependent on bottled water for consumption until new abstractions are constructed. Farmers and fishermen have lost their jobs and income. It is estimated that it will take 20 to 50 years for recovery of the environment without knowing whether species were extinct. The irony is that the mining company’s name comes from the river valley that, for now, is almost dead. The other business partner is an Australian mining company. Cities became dependent on bottled water for consumption until new abstractions are constructed. Farmers and fishermen have lost their jobs and income. It is estimated that it will take 20 to 50 years for the recovery of the environment not knowing whether species were extinct. The irony is that the mining company’s name comes from the river valley that, for now, is almost dead. The other partner is an Australian mining company.
One of the protests was to cover the Leopoldina street cow with brown paint like the mud and mark it with the logo of the Vale which is one of the owners of the mining company. Temporarily the cow is nicknamed ‘Mired Cow’ which is a typical state dish made of beef and cassava cream. (Previously, this cow was seen here and here.)

Há dois meses, uma barragem de rejeitos de uma mineradora (a 150km de BH) rompeu, inundou uma cidadezinha próxima e poluiu águas e terras, tornando-se o maior desastre ambiental de todos os tempos no Brasil. Toda essa lama carregada de metais tóxicos foi levada por um riacho até um rio maior e chegou um mês depois até o oceano Atlântico a 600km. 19 pessoas morreram levadas pelas águas e toneladas de peixes e vida aquática se perderam. Um parque de preservação natural foi seriamente atingido. Centenas de pessoas perderam suas casas e bens e provisoriamente foram transferidas para outra cidade aguardando que novo vilarejo seja construído em outro local mais seguro. A água desses rios tornou-se impossível de ser consumida pela população das cidades próximas, pelo gado dos campos, pela agricultura e para a pesca. As cidades ficaram dependentes de água mineral para seu consumo até que novas captações sejam construídas. Fazendeiros e pescadores perderam seus trabalhos e renda. Estima-se que serão necessários de 20 a 50 anos para a recuperação do meio-ambiente sem se saber se espécies foram extintas. A ironia é que o nome da mineradora origina-se do vale do rio que, por ora, está quase morto. A outra empresa sócia é uma mineradora australiana.
Uma das manifestações de protesto foi recobrir a vaquinha da rua Leopoldina com tinta marrom como a lama e marcá-la com a logomarca da Vale, empresa que é uma das proprietárias da mineradora. Temporariamente a vaquinha está apelidada de ‘Vaca atolada’ que é um prato típico do estado feito com carne e um creme de mandioca. (Anteriormente, esta vaquinha foi vista aqui e aqui.)

2 thoughts on “:: Leopoldina Cow :3:

  1. And no doubt the mining companies will just face fines that they can quietly have lowered after the fact, instead of having their directors and owners tossed behind bars for a few decades like they deserve.

    1. You are perfectly right! And our President only FLEW OVER the area ONE WEEK LATER. Billions of $ have been frozen by Justice for compensations, but the population of the little village haven’t still received enough to restart their lives

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