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Philippines Orders Cleanup of Mines Before Rains

Author: Dolly Aglay, Reuters, Published on: 19 April 2006

The Philippines said on Tuesday it had ordered owners of two mining areas in the country to clean up and improve their infrastructures before the start of the rainy season...Reyes said he had ordered the owners of Marcopper Mining Corp. to reduce the water level at their Tapian pit and clean up the pond area of their Maguila-guila silt dam in Marinduque province...The province of Marinduque served a lawsuit in the United States last October against Placer Dome [now part of Barrick Gold]...which previously owned 40 percent of Marcopper...Placer Dome, which previously said it has spent millions of dollars to help clean up the area and compensate residents, sold its stake in Marcopper in 1997...Reyes also ordered Dizon Copper Silver Mines Inc. and Benguet Corp. to fix the collapsed spillway of its Bayarong tailings dam at their mine site in Zambales province in northern Philippines.

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Related companies: Barrick Gold Placer Dome (part of Barrick Gold)