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Moccasin reservoir stabilized following threat of dam failure
23 March, 2018
A small dam and reservoir in Tuolumne County, California, US, has...
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St. Francis Dam failure – 90 years later
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 This week marked the 90th anniversary of the St Francis Dam failure in Los Angeles, US, with the Association of State Dam Safety (ASDSO) stating that the incident remains a vital...

Tailings dam breached at Australian mine
Monday, March 12, 2018 Australian mining firm Newcrest Mining Ltd has confirmed there was a ‘limited breakthrough’ of tailings material at the Cadia northern tailings dam embankment in New South Wales on...

New legislation calls for increased dam inspections
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed legislation that will require annual inspections for high hazard dams, with new standards set for inspection.

Forensic team release final report on Oroville dam spillway
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 No single root cause was found to be responsible for the failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam in California, US, in February 2017 according to the final report of...

Team assess earthquake impact on Iraqi dams
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 A team from the World Bank and the Iraq Ministry of Water Resources is evaluating the impact of recent earthquakes on the Darbandikhan and Dokan Dams in Iraq.

Independent team release interim memo on Oroville Dam failure investigation
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 The Independent Forensic Team (IFT) investigating the Lake Oroville spillways incident has released an interim memo highlighting their findings so far, with the team highlighting...

Work suspended at Hydro-Québec’s Romaine project following worker’s death
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Hydro-Québec has suspended work on part of its La Romaine hydro project in Quebec, following the death of a worker at the site.

Funding for Norwegian tunnel safety project
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Innovation Norway's Arena programme has approved funding for the Norwegian Tunnel Safety Cluster (NTSC), a project designed to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for...

BC Hydro addresses fracking and dam safety concerns
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 BC Hydro’s Deputy CEO Chris O'Riley has released a statement responding to recent concerns about fracking and dam safety, confirming that, to the utility’s knowledge, there has never...

Fatalities as landslide hits Chinese hydro plant
Monday, May 09, 2016 At least 31 people have died with several others missing as a landslide buried offices at the construction site of a hydropower plant in the Chinese province of Fujian yesterday.

Trevi signs contract for Mosul Dam maintenance
Monday, March 14, 2016 Trevi Group company Trevi Spa has signed a EUR 273 million contract for the maintenance and safety of the Mosul Dam in Iraq following an international tender process.

Mosul Dam in Iraq at ‘higher risk’ of failure, says report
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 A report from the US Army Corps of Engineers has warned that the Mosul Dam in Iraq is at a ‘higher risk’ of failure than it was a year ago, with “an unprecedented level of...

Security fears put halt to work on Cetin project, Turkey
Friday, February 05, 2016 Statkraft has suspended development of the 517MW Cetin hydropower project in Turkey over security concerns, Reuters has reported.

Tailings released from Brazil dam breach less than original estimates
Friday, January 08, 2016 Significantly less tailings were released than originally estimated following the fatal dam breach at Samarco Mineração iron ore operation in Minas Gerais, Brazil in November 2015,...

ASDSO marks tenth anniversary of Missouri Dam failure
Friday, December 11, 2015 “The tenth anniversary of the Taum Sauk dam failure serves as a reminder of the very real need for constant vigilance in dam safety,” says Lori Spragens, Executive Director of...

Workers killed at Indian project
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 Two workers are reported to have been killed and half a dozen others injured in a blast at the 450MW Shongtong-Karcham hydropower project which is under construction in Kinnaur...

Clean up continues at Brazilian tailings dam site
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 Mining companies Vale and BHP Billiton have announced plans to work together, with Samarco, to establish a voluntary, non-profit fund to support the rescue and recuperation of the...

New UK risk assessment applied to Japanese dams
Thursday, November 26, 2015 HR Wallingford has been working with Japan’s largest utility company, J-Power, to apply the new UK reservoir risk assessment approach to two large dams in Japan, and assess the...

Alberta releases tailings dam safety report
Friday, November 20, 2015 Canada’s Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has released the results of its dam safety inspections held earlier this year for containment structures used for the development of its...

Security update for COP21 in Paris
Friday, November 20, 2015 Nick Henry, CEO of Climate Action, has released the following statement regarding the attacks in Paris on 13 November and the forthcoming COP 21 and Sustainable Innovation Forum to...

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