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Nickel Laterites are not mine tailings or “latak ng mina”

There is a good short discussion made by the fb group, "No to Irresponsible Mining in the Philippines." Reposting below... ARE NICKEL LATERITES, "LATAK NG MINA"? In the past several months, several environmentalists and even journalists were telling the people of the adverse effects of mining in the country, especially the nickel mines. The nickel … Continue reading Nickel Laterites are not mine tailings or “latak ng mina”

DENR and G.Lo’s prohibitionism tempered by Cimatu

A good development at the DENR, new Secretary Roy Cimatu has suspended an Admin Order (AO) issued by ex-Sec. G.Lopez. "Environment Secretary  Roy Cimatu has "suspended indefinitely" an administrative order issued by his predecessor which required the environment chief's approval of environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) of projects critical to the environment. In a new administrative … Continue reading DENR and G.Lo’s prohibitionism tempered by Cimatu

Illegal small-scale gold mining in Indonesia

There are many similarities in small-scale, illegal gold mining in the Philippines and Indonesia, and almost anywhere else. Like the use of mercury to extract the gold, the environmental and health damages, unmitigated mine tailings due to unprofessional practices and secretive work. See this story from Indonesia Expat. "Illegal gold mining does not only involve … Continue reading Illegal small-scale gold mining in Indonesia

Pessimism by an Australian mining firm in the PH

While the mining potentials of the Philipines are big, government policies, national and local, can be a hindrance. See this story from the Inquirer. The company added that “(T)here have been no material developments since March/April 2017 in the processing of the ECC” for the new TSF, This is not a good development. It should … Continue reading Pessimism by an Australian mining firm in the PH

Optimism by Australian investors in PH mining

There is a good report from AusTrade. Ms. Journet here refers to Elodie Journet, Austrade’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Philippines and Micronesia. Australia is a good source of investments and equipment in mining for the PH because the mining industry there is mature, developed and modern. It is rich in both metallic … Continue reading Optimism by Australian investors in PH mining

Sand mining in China, E. Asia

An interesting report here from Business Insider. "... In India, the amount of construction sand used annually has more than tripled since 2000, and is still rising fast. There is so much demand for certain types of construction sand that Dubai, which sits on the edge of an enormous desert, imports sand from Australia…. (Photo from … Continue reading Sand mining in China, E. Asia

MGB finally speaks, anti-open pit DENR regulation is illegal

See this report from BWorld. The Philippines has an estimated $1 trillion worth of untapped mineral reserves. Data from the MGB show that, as of June 2016, 2.70% or 0.811 million hectares of the Philippines’ total land area is covered by mining tenements. Sagittarius Mines, Inc.’s $5.9-billion Tampakan project is proposing an open pit method … Continue reading MGB finally speaks, anti-open pit DENR regulation is illegal