DENR Clears Australian Mining Firm of Accountability on Fishkill
Byline: ELLALYN B. DE VERA
The Department of Environ-ment and Natural Resources (DENR) has cleared an Australian mining firm operating in Rapu-rapu, Albay for its alleged accountability on the fishkill incident near the company's polymetallic project during the weekend.
Based on the initial report by the DENR-Region 5 executive director Reynulfo Juan to acting DENR chief Manuel Gerochi, there was no overflow or spill from the events pond and the lower tailings storage facility of the Rapu-rapu Polymetallic Project operated by Lafayette Phils. Inc during a heavy rainfall on Oct. 27.
"The tailings pond freeboard was maintained at minus 10 meters and the impounding capacity of the LTSF was adequate to contain the rainfall volume of 65,000 cubic meters," Juan said in the report.
Anti-mining groups led by Kalikasan-Peoples Network for the Environment, Sagip Isla Sagip Kapwa, and Save Rapu-rapu Alliance earlier blamed the LPI as the cause of a massive fishkill in nearby barangays.
"There was no indication of massive fishkill within the shorelines of barangay Carobcob, Sta. Barbara, Malobago, Pagcolbonc, and Binosawan as manifested in the certifications issued by five barangay captains in those areas and as per ocular inspection made by the DENR investigating team," Juan said. …