"A collapsed wall left five miners dead and five missing when a landslide hit Semirara mine in Antique just before midnight on Wednesday last week.
Two more landslides would smite Semirara in the days to follow, following another avalanche on February 14 on lands clearly weakened after decades of open-pit mining.
Semirara Mining Corporation is the largest and only coal producer in the country, chaired by David Consunji, the country's fifth richest man as of last year, and Isidro Consunji, its CEO. Semirara, inc. has regularly been awarded a place among the top 30 publicly-listed companies ...
A civil society network advocating for reforms to help the country adapt to climate change expressed dismay on Tuesday, over the Aquino administration's push for coal-fired power plants, and renewed its call on government to tap cleaner and less wasteful sources of energy.
Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, in a statement, said it was disappointed with the apparent priority given to coal by government in supplying the country's energy needs.
"We are dismayed to see the government's renewable energy plans go to waste in favor of dirty and harmful energy. Our message is simple: Coal will cost us the cl ...
"FARMERS and fishermen on Tuesday expressed alarm over the adverse environmental impact of massive extraction of coal in two of the country's largest coal mines and marked the International Day of Action against Coal with massive street protests in Antique province.
Led by Isalba ang Caluya, some 400 farmers and fishermen called on the local officials of Antique to stop the expansion of the coal mines in the province.
The government is looking to Semirara Mining Corp. to supply coal for the majority of the 35 new coal fired power plants planned to start operations in the coming years.