Philippines’ minister extends mining crackdown, cancels 75 contracts

February 13, 2017

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The Philippines’ environment minister on Tuesday ordered the cancellation of 75 mining contracts, stepping up a campaign to stop extraction of resources in sensitive areas after earlier shutting more than half of the country’s operating mines.

The contracts are all in watershed zones, with many in the exploration stage. They cover projects not yet in production and the latest action by Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez suggests she will not allow them to be developed further.

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