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SC stops all projects in watershed

The Supreme Court. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court, through a temporary environment protection order (Tepo) issued on Tuesday, stopped vegetable gardening, pocket mining and other development projects like roads inside the Mt. Santo Tomas watershed here.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

20 miners rescued, five still missing in Nicaragua collapse

A rescued miner is accompanied by emergency responders as he leaves on his own feet the entrance to the El Comal gold and silver mine in Bonanza, Nicaragua, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. At least 20 freelance gold miners trapped by a collapse in a mine have been rescued and crews were working early Saturday to free more, officials said. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Rescuers in Nicaragua on Friday rescued alive 20 miners who had been trapped deep underground for more than 24 hours after a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine, but five more workers were still missing.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

DENR shuts down illegal Negros town gold mines

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IT HAS BECOME a free-for-all hunt for gold in the village of Tambis in Barobo town, Surigao del Sur province. The supposed small-scale mining operations have led to craters this big in areas that used to be farms. CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN/INQUIRER MINDANAO

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has ordered the closure of gold mining and processing operations in Santa Catalina town, Negros Oriental province, for violating mining and environmental laws.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Philex Mining allowed to resume Padcal operations 2 years after tailings leak

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ON AUG. 1 last year, Tailings Storage Facility No. 3 of Philex Mining Corp. in Itogon, Benguet, leaked and spilled 20 million metric tons of silt into the Balog Creek and Agno River. As of late April, Philex officials said cleanup in the creek was 98-percent complete. RICHARD BALONGLONG

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has allowed Philex Mining Corp. to finally resume its operations in its Padcal mine in Benguet, roughly two years after the company was slapped with a cease and desist order.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Doctor takes on a bigger healing task in Zambales

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DR. BENITO Molino leads the campaign against destructive mining operations in Zambales province. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A doctor is at the center of the growing tension over mining operations in Sta. Cruz town in Zambales province for leading a campaign to heal what he calls a “bleeding environment.”

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

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