Tacloban City – Since August 2010, the water supply of the fifty (50) farmers in Sitio Calunasan, Barangay Banat-e, San Isidro, Leyte had been seriously affected due to drilling operation of the NorAsia Energy Ltd., a unit of the Otto Energy Ltd., which have secure its oil exploration permit here in Leyte.

The water reserve of the said location was inflicted with muds as a consequence of the drilling site situated above the creek, that serves as local community’s drinking water supply.

“This could be a very distressing situation in San Isidro, Leyte due to these mining activities. The local  government seems to remain unspoken and still on this matter, likewise, the province has yet to prove that their testimony previously regarding its opposition to mining was a nonsense,” said Nestor Lebico, Secretary General of Samahan han Gudti na Parag-uma ha Siniringan Bisayas (SAGUPA-SB).

Lebico further purported that the nearby populace of the drilling site worries to be ejected or displaced in the event this mining operation will be in full-operation. Just what happened in Compostella Valley, wherein thirteen (13) people had been submerged in muds coming from the mining site.

“It is estimated that mining operation will cover 32,000 hectares in San Isidro and about 18 million barrels of oil will be extracted,” Lebico added.

“No matter how much costs will be incurred during the mining operation, the devastation brought to local community and environment as a whole, from land to coastal areas, will no longer be altered,” Lebico highlighted.

If taken into account, the mining exploration in San Isidro, Leyte was started way back 1960s. The Philippine Oil Development Company o PODCO contracted out the blasting for the said exploration and is now regenerated by the  Otto Energy Ltd. without any contention by the local government. ###

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