Geothermal firm told: Rehabilitate
Multiagency report tells EDC to clean up, finds no water contaminant
More News from Connie E. Fernandez
CEBU CITY—A multipartite monitoring team (MMT) has recommended that the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) rehabilitate the area hit by a landslide that killed 14 workers on March 1 inside its geothermal complex in Kananga town, Leyte.
The eight-man team declared five water sources surrounding the facility free from contamination. The MMT also cited EDC for complying with its environmental compliance certificate (ECC) particularly in following standard operating procedures for occupational safety inside its geothermal facility.
The four-page report was signed by Letecia Maceda, director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau in Eastern Visayas.
Those who prepared the report were Manuel Saceda Jr. and Rosario Udtohan of the DENR regional office, Rufino Pepito of the Ormoc City government, Gerardo Reyes Jr. of the Kananga municipal government, Russ Mark Gamallo of the Department of Energy, Aristotle Mazo of the Department of Science and Technology in Eastern Visayas and Leonita Sabando and Ma. Liza Tumanda of EDC.
Fourteen workers were killed while 21 were injured when a landslide hit EDC’s Pad 403 in Upper Mahiao, Barangay Lim-ao, at 9:50 a.m. on March 1.
They were among 45 workers of JE Arradaza who were building a concrete shelter to protect steam pipes from falling rocks and debris.
JE Arradaza is the subcontractor of First Balfour, general contractor of EDC.
According to the report, the landslide cut off the two-phase line that fed the Upper Mahiao Power Plant.
“The wells were shut off past 11 a.m. [of March 1], resulting in cessation of threats to the environment,” the report said.
At least 20,000 cubic meters of debris cascaded from the mountain, creating a mark 60 meters long and 2 meters high.
In its report, the MMT recommended that EDC implement rehabilitation work in the affected area. The MMT would inspect the progress of the rehabilitation work.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94