Mining heavyweight BHP said on Thursday the Federal Court of Minas Gerais approved an agreement with Brazilian authorities which settles a 20 billion reais ($ 5.30 billion) lawsuit regarding the Samarco dam failure. The company said it had separately agreed to pay $ 50 million as part of a settlement for a class action complaint filed by American depositary receipt holders over the disaster.
Samarco and parent companies Vale SA and BHP had signed a deal with Brazilian authorities in June regarding the 2015 dam failure. Brazils worst environmental catastrophe killed 19 people. It happened when a dam designed to hold back mine waste burst, leaving a trail of destruction for hundreds of kilometres. BHP still faces a class action in Australia over the dam failure. Samarco said on Wednesday it expects to obtain all licenses needed to resume operations by next year.