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Pangasinan black sand mine case: NBI help sought in probe

PART of the stockpile of magnetite sand found by environment authorities in a private port in Sual, Pangasinan province, and which was transported allegedly without permits. Photo was taken on March 10. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said his department would definitely support the recommendation to deny the application for an environment compliance certificate (ECC) by Xypher Builders Inc.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

EMB seeks probe of transport of black sand

Sual Pangasinan map

A firm contracted by the Pangasinan government to develop a golf course in Lingayen town is in trouble with environment officials for the alleged unauthorized transport of a stockpile of 1,000 metric tons of black sand to a port facility.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Black sand mining persists in Cagayan

HEAVY equipment belonging to Hua Xia Mining and Trading Corp. dig up black sand from the front lawns of houses in Calayan village in Gonzaga town in this file photo taken in October last year. Such operations have continued until today, according to antimining advocates, despite a series of raids by government authorities and petitions from opposing groups.  Melvin Gascon/Inquirer Northern Luzon

Environmental advocates in Cagayan province on Sunday lamented the apparent helplessness of the government in stopping what they described as illegal black sand mining operations by foreign companies, mostly Chinese, in the province’s northern coastal areas.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Ilocos Norte bans black sand mining

THE MINERAL rich town of Carasi, Ilocos Norte, is host to an iron-ore mining and processing facility. LEILANIE ADRIANO/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The provincial board of Ilocos Norte on Wednesday approved a resolution banning black sand mining in the province.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Pangasinan groups broaden mining protest

PANGASINAN residents rally in Quezon City to protest black sand mining, which they said threatens the livelihood of fishermen. They also called on the Ombudsman to suspend the province’s governor, Amado Espino Jr., who has been charged with allowing mining activities without permits. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

A group of Pangasinan residents opposing the extraction of black sand in coastal villages in the capital town of Lingayen mounted protest rallies in front of offices of national government agencies, including the Office of the Ombudsman, to alert authorities about environmental problems in the province.

Posted: November 25th, 2012 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Halt black sand mining, Cagayan gov orders


Cagayan Gov. Alvaro Antonio on Tuesday ordered eight companies conducting black sand extraction activities in three coastal towns to stop operating.

Posted: July 27th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

House probe of black sand mining welcome–gov

Gov. Amado Espino Jr. said he welcomed a congressional inquiry into black sand mining on the coast of Lingayen Gulf, which was ordered stop last Jan. 25 by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

Posted: February 11th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov blames politics for black sand mine protest

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—Politics is behind moves to stop the development of the 264-hectare provincial government property here into an ecotourism and industrial zone, a Pangasinan official said. Provincial administrator Rafael Baraan issued the statement yesterday following a cease-and-desist order issued by the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) on black sand mining in the area. “How come the [...]

Posted: February 2nd, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Black sand mining threatens shoreline

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IBA, ZAMBALES—Residents of a coastal village in Botolan town are complaining that black sand (magnetite) mining operations there have been eating away the shoreline of their community, threatening to destroy their houses. “We have been complaining for a long time. Some of my neighbors are afraid already. We have approached [Department of Environment and Natural [...]

Posted: June 13th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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