Environment Secretary Lopez Bans All Prospective Open-Pit Mines

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez issued an order banning all prospective open-pit mines for copper, gold, silver and complex ores all over the country. The Environment head cited several reasons for the ban, including its financial and environmental liability, deprivation of economic use of the area, continuing adverse impact on the environment, and its high risk to host…

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