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11 Nov 2018

Robin Broad, John Cavanagh, Catherine Coumans, & Rico La Vina, Institute for Policy Studies (U.S.) & MiningWatch Canada

OceanaGold in the Philippines: Ten Violations that Should Prompt Its Removal

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31 October 2018

...This report lays out the results of our investigation...of numerous violations by OceanaGold....

1. Water

OceanaGold is depleting and contaminating water around the mine.... 

2. Forests

OceanaGold has failed in its obligations around reforestation....

3. Land

OceanaGold has...committed illegal land conversion, and has operated in areas beyond its approved project area....

4. Chemicals

...The damage to trees in the tailings pond and impacts on water quality and biota downstream suggests that chemicals used in, or released through processing, are dangerous to the health of surface waters as well as potentially to groundwater.

5. Human Rights

There have been numerous violations of human rights since the beginning of construction of the mine.  

6. Indigenous Rights

The company violated local indigenous peoples’ right to manifest their culture and identity....  

7. Biodiversity

There is evidence that the mine is threatening the rich biodiversity of the area....

8. Labor Rights

The Didipio mine has failed to significantly improve the welfare of its employees....

9. Irresponsible Global Actor

OceanaGold has...multiple violations of Philippine laws as well as the terms of its current FTAA.

10. Viable Development Alternatives

...[A] robust economy in Nueva Vizcaya, centered in agriculture...is threatened by the mining industry.