Closing of Nickel Ore Mines in the Philippines
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the closure of 21 mines in the campaign to fight environmental degradation by the industry.
The 21 mines represent half of the 41 mines audited last year. Of the 21 mines ordered closed, 15 were found to be operating inside functional watersheds. They were said to have polluted water systems and silted up rivers. The closure order appears to be counter to what the Mines and Geosciences Bureau had earlier recommended, but DENR secretary Regina Lopez was adamant about the closure order. The closed mines represent 50 percent of the country’s total nickel production and about 10 percent of world supply.
The mines affected are:
- Benguet Corporation
- Ore Asia Mining and Development Corporation
- BenguetCorp Nickel Mines Incorporated
- Eramen Minerals Incorporated
- LNL Archipelago Minerals Incorporated
- Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation
- Mt Sinai Mining Exploration and Development Corporation
- Emir Minerals Corporation
- TechIron Mineral Resources Incorporated
Dinagat Islands (Surigao area)
- AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration
- Oriental Synergy Mining Corporation
- SinoSteel Philippines HY Mining Corporation
- Kromico, Incorporated
- Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Corporation
- Wellex Mining Corporation
- Libjo Mining Corporation
Surigao del Norte
- ADNAMA Mining Resources Corporation
- Claver Mineral Development Corporation
- Hinatuan Mining Corporation
- CTP Construction and Mining Corporation
- Carrascal Nickel Corporation
- Marcventures Mining and Development
The information has been provided by our Correspondent Pandiman Pilippines, Inc. and more information can be read in the attached pdf below.
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