Latest Stories

Citinickel fined for pond spill in Palawan

Regulators reviewing mining company’s operations


A Citinickel mine operation in Palawan PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM

The operations of a mining unit of publicly listed Oriental Peninsula Resources Group Inc. in southern Palawan are under review after the reported outflow of silt from its mine site to the province’s Pinagduguan River and nearby farmlands.

According to a report reaching the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. was issued a notice of violation by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources after silt-laden water spilled from its silt pond No. 2 at its Toronto Mining Area in Barangay (village) San Isidro, Narra, in Palawan on Nov. 25, 2012.

The water from the pond flowed into the river and irrigation canals affecting six farm lots and a fish pond.

Findings of a validating team composed of local officials, a nongovernment organization and Citinickel showed farmlands owned by six farmers were found with one centimeter-thick silt deposits in areas away from water inlets.

Silt deposits measuring four centimeters were recorded at water inlets and near the irrigation canals on the upper stream of the National Highway in Barangay San Isidro.

After the investigation, the Environment Management Bureau of the DENR asked Citinickel to pay the cost of the damaged farm lots and the river, which amounted to P146,745 and P368,000, respectively.

“Citinickel must comply with the notice of violation. They must immediately pay the farmers compensation,” MGB director Leo Jasareno said in an interview.

Jasareno said he had ordered the regional office in Palawan to probe the incident and determine if Citinickel should continue operations.

“I have asked our regional office to find out if there is a ground to allow the company to still continue operations,” Jasareno said.

Jasareno said a cease-and-desist order on the operation of the Silt Pond No. 2. had been issued by the EMB of DENR immediately after the outflow incident on Nov. 25.

According to the MGB report, the incident happened on the night of Nov. 25 “due to the lapses in judgment of the company mine foreman who was tasked to drain water from silt pond no. 2 to silt pond no 1.”

Instead, the foreman excavated a canal toward an old and non-serviceable silt sump that resulted in the outflow of the silt.

The company is operating on a 25-year mineral production sharing agreement with the DENR since 2007. It has a 768-hectare property in the municipality of Narra in Palawan, where it is mining.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. , Environmental Issues , fine , Mining and quarrying , Palawan , Philippines , pond spill

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  • 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
  • Sports

  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Marketplace