‘Open pit min­ing ban in Philip­pines stays’

New Straits Times - - Business / World -

The Philip­pines’ en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Roy Ci­matu said yes­ter­day he would not lift a ban on open pit min­ing im­posed in April in an anti-pol­lu­tion crack­down. “There is a depart­ment or­der on the ban on open pit min­ing is­sued by (pre­vi­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal) sec­re­tary (Regina) Lopez,” said Ci­matu. “It still stays.” Lopez led a 10-month cam­paign to rein in the min­ing in­dus­try, order­ing the clo­sure or sus­pen­sion of 26 mines in the world’s top nickel ore sup­plier and im­pos­ing a ban on open-pit min­ing.

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