Boac River

Boac, Marinduque

The 27-kilometre Boac river, which was the main source of livelihood for those who did not work for Marcopper, was declared unusable by government officials following the Marcopper Mining Disaster occurred on March 24, 1996 on the Philippine island of Marinduque, a province of the Philippines located in the Mimaropa region in Luzon.

It remains one of the largest mining disasters in ...

Philippine history. A fracture in the drainage tunnel of a large pit containing leftover mine tailings led to a discharge of toxic mine waste into the Makulapnit-Boac river system and caused flash floods in areas along the river.

Boac River News

  • Yes Acid Mine Drainage Is Flowing Freely Into The Boac River Now Please Keep Off Those Other Blue Rivers

    Yes Acid Mine Drainage Is Flowing Freely Into The Boac River Now Please Keep Off Those Other Blue Rivers

    Leaving the mine site without cleaning up piles of mining waste and polluted sediments, and without taking appropriate measures to stop the flow of acid mine drainage from the basins and ditches left behind is simply unacceptable to the people of Boac. Until the ongoing pollution at the MARCOPPER Mine site is adequately addressed, it continues to pose a threat to water quality, and the communities and wildlife in the area that depend on clean water. - Luna "Pongkoy" Manrique, MPDO of Boac.

    In August 1995, residents near the mines were alarmed, not by an earthquake but by seepage from the dr ...

  • House passes bill on 2nd reading banning mining in Marinduque

    House passes bill on 2nd reading banning mining in Marinduque

    Marinduque may soon be formally closed off to ore extraction activities after a measure banning mining in the province secured approval from the House of Representatives.

    The chamber recently approved House Bill 5846 on second reading, bringing the province a step closer to becoming a mining-free zone.

    In a statement yesterday, legislators acknowledged that the province is still reeling from the effects of the Marcopper toxic spill nearly two decades ago.

    Rep. Regina O. Reyes, who represents the lone district of Marinduque and has been working for the total ban in the province, said: ...

  • Nevada court blocks Philippine province Barrick Gold suit

    Nevada court blocks Philippine province Barrick Gold suit

    A Philippine island province that experienced mining waste disasters in the 1990s lost a final appeal Thursday to have a Nevada state court hear its claim for damages against Barrick Gold Corp.

    "This case lacks any bona fide connection to this state," the Nevada Supreme Court said.

    A lawyer for the Province of Marinduque said losing the decision on a jurisdictional question only means that he can move to the next step and argue the merits the case in another venue.

    "We think it belongs here and that Barrick is every bit the Nevada corporation that most people believe them to be," atto ...

  • Lawmaker proposed to declare Marinduque as mining free zone citing the Marcopper toxic spill

    Lawmaker proposed to declare Marinduque as mining free zone citing the Marcopper toxic spill

    Rep. Regina O. Reyes, who represents the lone district of Marinduque, filed House Bill 5566, which seeks to declare a total mining ban in the province.

    "The province of Marinduque has been enduring the detrimental consequences of the 1996 mining disaster and its aftermath," Ms. Reyes said in a statement released yesterday. "It is brutal and criminal... to allow exploitation of natural resources which will inevitably lead to the exacerbation of this unresolved mining tragedy."

    The March 24, 1996 disaster in the open-pit mining operations of Marcopper and Canadian company Placer Dome, Inc. ...

  • Bill bans mining in Marinduque

    Bill bans mining in Marinduque

    Marinduque Rep. Regina Ongsiako Reyes has filed a bill that seeks to ban mining in her province.

    House Bill 5566 would ban any mining-related activity, including exploration, development and processing and large-scale quarry operations for cement raw materials, marble, granite, sand and gravel.

    The measure seeks to protect the province, which is still enduring the consequences of the Marcopper mining catastrophe in 1996, Reyes said.

    She said the Marcopper mining disaster devastated Marinduque with the leakage of 23 million tons of mine tailings and toxic waste into the 26-kilometer Bo ...

  • Nevada high court hears Marinduque mine disaster lawsuit

    Nevada high court hears Marinduque mine disaster lawsuit

    Nevada's Supreme Court heard a nearly 10-year-old state lawsuit on Tuesday, February 3, filed by the Philippine island province of Marinduque for the contamination it suffered during a 1996 mining waste disaster involving Barrick Gold Corporation.

    Attorney James McCarthy, who represented Marinduque, told the justices that Philippine courts ruled Barrick couldn't be sued in the country because the Toronto-based mining company did not do business there. Since Barrick has substantial operations in Nevada, McCarthy told justices the province should be allowed to sue in the state.

    "We filed h ...