By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After months of anticipation, fragments of the northern slope of the Gongo Soco Mine in Barão de Cocais have broken free from the structure. Mining giant Vale, however, Friday morning released a statement saying that the fragments have settled at the bottom of the pit and have not caused the Gongo Soco dam to rupture.

“Vale advises that during the dawn on Friday it identified the detachment of fragments from the northern slope of the Cava of Gongo Soco Mine, in Barão de Cocais. Early assessments indicate that . . .

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