Semirara suspends coal mining activities

MANILA, Philippines – Semirara Mining and Power Corporation (SMPC) suspended all mining activities covered by a particular contract, due to a deadly mudflow incident in Antique last October.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Consunji-led mining company said the Department of Energy (DOE) directed it to suspend mining operations under Coal Operating Contract No. 5.

SMPC received the DOE's letter on Tuesday, November 19, but the document was dated November 14.

The suspension will remain in effect until the following conditions are complied with:

"Since the October 2 incident, SMPC has been in close coordination and full cooperation with the DOE on all its legal and regulatory compliances, particularly the safety aspect of its operations," SMPC said.

The mudslide resulted in the death of an SMPC employee. The DOE is investigating the matter. –

Ralf Rivas

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