Philippines openpit mining ban has ‘no legal basis’ -govt official

June 29, 2017

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A ban on open-pit mining in the Philippines enforced by former environment minister Regina Lopez has “no legal basis” and is under review, a senior government official said, the first sign that drastic measures she had ordered could be challenged.

“In the Philippines … surface mining or ‘open-pit’ is technically and financially feasible,” Larry Heradez, head of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s legal division, told reporters on Thursday.

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