Closure of the EFVM
Vale would like to inform that since 16:00 on Friday, November 13, representatives of the Krenak indigenous people have been occupying a stretch of the Vitória-Minas Railway (EFVM) in Resplendor, Minas Gerais State. This has led to freight and passenger operations being suspended until further notice. This closure is also blocking the transport of water to communities surrounding the Rio Doce. Around 360,000 litres of water, 60,000 litres of mineral water and 300,000 litres of drinking water, being transported from Vitória (Espírito Santo State) have been loaded onto trains and are currently waiting for the railway to be reopened.
Vale emphasizes that, together with the support of the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), it is continuing with its attempts to negotiate with the Krenak People in order to reopen the railway. It is also important to highlight that Vale, as shareholder of Samarco together with BHP Billiton, has been actively taking part in actions to meet the needs of the families affected by the accident on November 5.
We would like to reiterate our commitment to promote transparent and participative dialogue with the Krenak People, maintaining a constructive relationship while respecting both their specific characteristics and existing legislation. The company reaffirms its intention to maintain an open channel of communication with communities, however it does not condone any form of violent protest that may place its employees, passengers and operations at risk and that breaches the democratic rule of law, ratifying that the obstruction of railways is a crime.
EFVM Passenger Train services
Passengers who have already bought their tickets should inquire at stations along the railway line to obtain replacement tickets or request a refund, within 30 days. More information is available though the Alô Ferrovias information line (0800 285 7000), the free customer service hotline provided by the company. Vale would like to apologize for the inconvenience and is taking the necessary measures in order to free up the railway as soon as possible and guarantee that passengers who have booked trips for the coming days will be able to travel.