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There is little likelihood that thousands of farmers in South Cotabato would lose irrigation water on account of operation of the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project. A review of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the project of Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) showed that the main source of water for the farms in the valleys is Mount Matutum, a protected area south of the 9,600-hectare mine site.
The opposition to open pit mining is not shared by countries in which it is the accepted method for extracting minerals. A review of mining literature showed that more than half of the operating mines in the world have adopted this method that Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) said is used in four mines operated by Xstrata Copper in other countries.Continue reading …