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Cagayan black sand miners win P94 million tax case at COA

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The 13 mining companies hurdle the Commission on Audit but the Bureau of Internal Revenue is not precluded from making its own tax assessment

BLACK SAND MINING. Black sand mining in Cagayan has been under scrutiny for supposedly causing erosion of land that result in massive flooding. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

RESULTS: August 2019 Mining Engineer licensure examination

Aug 09, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Congratulations to all passers!

Murad encourages 'pro-people, pro-environment' mining in Bangsamoro

Aug 09, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The results of an ongoing mining audit will be the basis of a 'responsible mining' law in the new region, says Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Hadj Murad Ebrahim delivers a message during the launching of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City on February 24, 2017. RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo

At least 13 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Jul 28, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a dangerous and poorly regulated industry in Kachin state between the country's borders with China and India

Man's best friend: The dogs who sniff out explosives in Kabul

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It takes about two years to train an explosives dog, and the process is intense for both the handler and the canine

In this photo taken on April 7, 2019, an explosive detection dog is kept on leash during a practice session at the Mine Detection Centre (MDC) in Kabul. Naya, a three-year-old Belgian malinois, focuses intently as she leaps over hurdles and zooms through tunnels on an obstacle course at a training centre on a hill overlooking Kabul. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

Dennis Uy buys 100 million shares in Roberto Ongpin-led mining firm

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:55 PM

North Kitanglad Agricultural Company sells 100 million common shares of Atok-Big Wedge to Dennis Uy's Udenna Corporation at P2 per share or a total of P200 million

China police bust bitcoin miners for stealing $3 million in electricity

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Police in Zhenjiang in eastern Jiangsu province say officers confiscated almost 4,000 mining devices from an illicit bitcoin operation that stole nearly 20 million yuan or about $2.91 million in power

Two fishermen drown in abandoned open-pit mine in Rapu-Rapu

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard and police are still looking for the two farmers who were with the fishermen

Environment group hits Oceanagold for operating without gov't contract

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Kalikasan PNE also calls out the environment department for not blocking Oceanagold's application for Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement renewal. Its first FTAA has expired on June 20.

OCEANAGOLD. A mining pit operated by OceanaGold. Image from oceanagold.com

Sand mafias silence ​journalists in India

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Independent journalist Jagendra Singh says in a video recorded in a local hospital he was brought to: 'The motherfuckers poured petrol on me. They jumped over the wall and got in. If they wanted to, they could have arrested me instead.'

SAND MINING. Beaches in Tamil Nadu. Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories

Mines' dirty secrets echo in 3 continents

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Since 2009, at least 13 journalists have been killed globally after working on environment-related stories, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. There may be as many as 29 cases.

CONTINUING THE STORIES. The journalists part of the Green Blood project meeting for the first time in Paris. Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories

A damning photo holds a Swiss-Russian mine accountable in Guatemala

Jun 20, 2019 - 12:00 AM

No one has yet been held accountable for the murder of fisherman Carlos Maaz. Instead there has been a criminalization of both fishermen and journalists in El Estor.

EL ESTOR. This photo shows El Estor in Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories.

Silence is golden for a Tanzanian mine

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:00 AM

In Tanzania, impoverished 'intruders' keep looking for gold at the risk of their lives, and reporters are punished and prevented from shedding light on environmental damage and other wrongdoing

WALLED MINE. The wall built around the North Mara Gold Mine to avoid 'intruders.' Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories

Environmental group urges gov't not to renew OceanaGold's contract

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Kalikasan PNE national coordinator Leon Dulce says the government's decision on Oceanagold for contract renewal will serve as an 'acid test' of its stance on mining

Aerial view of Oceanagold mine’s open pit. Screen grab from Google Maps

Australia approves vast coal mine near Great Barrier Reef

Jun 13, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The project, fiercely debated for almost a decade, comes as investors and even energy companies are moving away from fossil fuels amid concern about the climate

ANTI-ADANI. Photo taken on May 12, 2019 shows anti-Adani coal mine protesters in north Sydney ahead of the Australian election. Photo by Peter Parks/ AFP

Rapu-Rapu's fishermen after mining

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Former miners in Rapu-Rapu, Albay, have returned to fishing, but they bring home less catch from waters that have been tainted by the mine's wastewater

LEFT BEHIND. The open pit mine is set to be dumped with land soon.

More than 50 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly regulated industry concentrated near the country's border with China

Philex Mining eyes high-grade ores by 2022

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Philex Mining says that there are now strong indications of higher mineral resources compared to prior declared levels

CUSHIONING IMPACT. With pressure on metal prices, Philex Mining continues to manage costs and reduce expenses. Background image from Wikimedia

DMCI Mining expects rough 2019 due to lower inventory, nickel grade

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The inventory of DMCI Mining Corporation is 'nearly depleted' and it will be shipping 'mostly lower grade nickel' this year

Despite having the suspension of one of its nickel assets, DMCI mining still sees a rough 2019 due to lower inventory and a drop in its ore grade. Photo from DMCI website

Philippine nickel industry eyes roadmap to improve competitiveness

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

While the roadmap can help boost nickel production, the Philippine Nickel Industry Association says it has to go hand in hand with supporting policies

Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman want Mining Act repealed

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The two senatorial bets slam the Mining Act for favoring big corporations instead of Filipino communities

8 dead in Indonesia mine collapse as excavator digs for survivors

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:16 PM

(UPDATED) Three days after the Tuesday night collapse, authorities opt to use an excavator to haul away debris, as they try to get food and water to the miners believed to still be alive

MORE DEATHS. This handout picture from Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana, the accident mitigation agency, taken and released on February 27, 2019 shows rescuers preparing to enter in a collapsed illegal gold mine in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNBP)

Dozens buried in Indonesia gold mine collapse

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

(UPDATED) Four people have been found dead while 19 others are pulled from the rubble alive with minor and serious injuries, according to officials

DISASTER. This handout picture from Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, taken and released on February 27, 2019 shows rescuers carrying a survivor from an illegal gold mine collapse in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi.  Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana BNBP/AFP

Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:17 AM

A fire services spokesman says it is possible that not all the bodies will be located and recovered

DAM COLLAPSE. A rescuer searches for victims of Friday's dam collapse near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Hope fades for 300 missing in Brazil dam disaster

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) The local governor says 'odds are minimal' that they would be found alive

Aerial view showing firemen looking for people in heavy machinery (L and R) and a locomotive (C) after the collapse of a dam which belonged to Brazil's giant mining company Vale, near the town of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil, on January 25, 2019. - A dam collapse in southeast Brazil unleashed a torrent of mud on a riverside town and surrounding farmland Friday, destroying houses, leaving 200 people missing and raising fears of a number of deaths, according to officials. (Photo by Douglas Magno / AFP)

First body pulled from India mine after 6 weeks – official

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Rescuers had struggled to retrieve the badly decomposed corpse, despite being equipped with modern technology

RESCUE. In this photo taken on December 30, 2018, Indian Navy divers go down in the mine with a pulley during rescue operations after 15 miners were trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district of India. AFP file photo

Baguio seeks geotechnical probe into Mines View Park cracks

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:10 PM

'The conduct of a thorough study on the soil condition of Mines View Park is highly required at the soonest possible time,' a city council resolution reads

MINES VIEW PARK. The Baguio City council has asked concerned local government agencies to look into Mines View Park cracks. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Death toll in China mining accident rises to 21

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:48 AM

(UPDATED) Rescuers find the last 2 remaining trapped miners dead inside the coal mine

Locator map of China

30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'The villagers have been involved in this business for decades with no government control over them,' the provincial spokesperson says

Locator map of Afghanistan

Divers hunt flooded Indian mine for missing men

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:55 PM

There is no sign of life, with the delayed rescue effort drawing public outrage, but the men's families are clinging to hopes that they may have found an air pocket

RESCUE. This undated handout photograph released by the National Disaster Response Force shows emergency workers gathering around a crane after 13 miners were killed after being trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district. Handout / National Disaster Response Force / AFP

13 dead after fire in Czech mine

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Authorities say the fire is still burning, with rescuers building barriers to stop it from spreading

Aussie school kids lead mass coal mine protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:13 PM

Protestors called on both the government and the opposition to put a halt to the Adani coal mine project in Queensland state

STUDENT PROTESTS. In this photo taken on November 30, 2018, students from different schools raise placards during a protest rally for climate change awareness at Martin Place in Sydney. Thousands of students around the country skipped school to protest and demand their politicians act urgently to stop further dangerous climate change and the Adani coal mine. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Thanks to SC decision, mining firm SR Metals cleared in P76M tax case

Nov 22, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Caloocan City 2nd District Representative Edgar Erice, who is with the Liberal Party, is a shareholder of SR Metals Incorporated

MINING TAX. SR Metals wins all its legal battles on what could have been a P76 million worth tax case. Image from Shutterstock


[ANALYSIS] Time for Duterte to shut down this mining company

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

OceanaGold has not adhered to its commitments under its mining permit and various Philippine laws and regulations

Thousands join German forest demo after court reprieve

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:00 AM

A higher administrative court suspends energy company RWE's planned razing of Hambach forest for a growing open-case mine

OPEN PIT. German justice on October 5, 2018 halted temporarily the controversial expansion of a huge coal mine, banning RWE energy company deforesting the forest of Hambach. File photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

Officials warned of landslide-prone areas in Naga, Cebu, as early as 2008

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The September 20 landslide killed at least 65 people and injured 18 others. At least 21 people are still missing, while 1,716 families are still in evacuation centers.

DISASTER. A landslide occurs in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Querl Panilag

Naga, Cebu, landslide: Did authorities ignore signs of danger?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong explains the story behind a Mines and Geosciences Bureau letter that said cracks and fissures 'do not pose an imminent danger' days before the landslide occurred

RESCUED. Rescuers carry a resident rescued from the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

NSA leak fuels rise in hacking for crypto mining – report

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The Cyber Threat Alliance reports a 459% increase in the past year of illicit crypto mining – a technique used by hackers to steal the processing power of computers to create cryptocurrency

Itogon mayor hopes for 'miracle' in search for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'They declared that we are already in the stage of retrieval, but for me, God only knows who will be dead and who will be alive,' says Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams on Monday, September 17 search for missing persons following a massive landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo  by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After tragic landslide, mayor says Itogon to transition to farming

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan hopes that in 5 years, his town will no longer be dependent on mining

HELP NEEDED. Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan at the operations and relief center at Barangay Tuding. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Cimatu orders 'minahang bayan' review after Itogon tragedy

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to review all minahang bayan applications after the tragic landslide in Itogon, Benguet

IN PHOTOS: The Itogon mining community before and after Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Typhoon Ompong destroyed the homes of a mining community and left dozens dead or missing

AFTERMATH. Residents of the Itogon, Benguet mining community preferred to seek refuge in their 'bunkhouse'. By the end of the storm, they were gone.

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Duterte to 'confront' Congress on need to 'close mining industry'

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's warning on mining comes after Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspended small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region

Photo from Malacañang

Cimatu orders stop to Cordillera small-scale mining after Ompong landslides

Sep 17, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan appeals to the Environment Secretary not to stop all the operations and to consult local governments and mining stakeholders first

CASUALTY. Rescuers retrieved a body buried by landslides inside a mining bunkhouse in Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Police recover dynamite, bomb materiel stolen from Benguet mining depot

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Cordillera Regional Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana says the stash of materiel was not meant for terrorist purposes. The suspect is a private miner and these were stolen from a mining depot in Itogon.

CONFISCATED. PNP Procor members of the Explosive Ordinance Division( EOD) examine the confiscated explosives during a raid in West Quirino Hill Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Gov’t lost P2.6B in Caraga mining royalties from 2012-2016

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:42 PM

The Commission on Audit recommends crafting a law that would impose royalties on mining companies that operate outside of Mineral Reservation Areas or MRAs

MINING ROYALTIES. The Commission on Audit says the government should have charged royalties from mining companies that operated outside of Mineral Reservation Areas.

2 dead from gas poisoning in Benguet mine

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Astrid Guitelen and Jomar Lay-os are found 200 meters from the entrance of the mine

PRC results: August 2018 mining engineer licensure exam

Aug 10, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Congratulations to the latest batch of licensed mining engineers!

Lower GDP over Duterte's policies? 'So be it,' says Malacañang

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Environmental policies that have slowed down economic growth, such as the Boracay closure and stricter rules for mining, are 'justified,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the flag as he sings the Philippine national anthem during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City on August 8, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO