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75 mining permits face cancellation
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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As part of her commitment to keep the country's watersheds off-limits to destructive mining, Secretary Gina Lopez announced on Tuesday that 75 mineral production sharing agreements (MPSA) for mining sites that are within watershed areas face cancellation.

Lopez said show cause orders have been issued to mining companies to allow them to explain why their MPSAs should not be cancelled for threatening watersheds, which are a major source of drinking and recreational water for many communities.

The said MPSA holders have 7 days from receipt of the show cause orders to reply, she said.

Last week, Lopez ordered the closure of 23 mining operations found to have committed serious environmental violations during the industry-wide audit conducted by the DENR since July last year. Fifteen of these mines are operating within watershed areas.   >> more 

 

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