Last update:
2015-04-24

Intex's Mindoro Nickel Project, Philippines

Intex Resources pushes its Nickel mining project in spite of a lack of a free prior informed consent by local indigenous. The anti-mining struggle of the mangyans of Mindoro continues.


Description:

The Intex-MCC8 Mindoro Nickel Project covered by several Mineral Processing Sharing Agreements has been postponed since 2008. The anti mining struggle of its people and support groups has reached this form when the DENR issued the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the project despite many concerns raised.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Intex's Mindoro Nickel Project, Philippines
Country:Philippines
State or province:Mindoro
Location of conflict:Municipalities of Victoria in Oriental Mindoro, and Sablayan in Occidental, Mindoro
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Mineral ore exploration
Land acquisition conflicts
Dams and water distribution conflicts
Specific commodities:Nickel, Cobalt
Rare metals
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Mindoro Nickel, located on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines, is today considered one of the Philippines government’s priority mineral project. The approximately 113km2 concession area (11,315 ha) is located about 30km from the coast in the central part of Mindoro. Extensive nickel (Ni)-laterite mineralization was formed by the accumulation of nickel and cobalt (Co) in the tropical soils of the island through intensive chemical weathering of ultramafics source rocks in late Tertiary to recent time. The costs of construction of the mine were estimated to amount to 2.455 billion USD. The Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking was appointed to act as exclusive financial adviser for the Mindoro Nickel project. (Source: http://www.intexresources.com.ph/mindoronickel/mindoro-nickel-project.html)

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Project area:11,315
Level of Investment:2,455,000,000.00
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:10,000-100,000
Start of the conflict:06/01/1999
Company names or state enterprises:MCC8 Group Co. Ltd (MCC8) from China - Partner
Intex Resources ASA from Norway - mining
Intex Resources Philippines Inc. from Philippines - mining
Jinchuan Group Co. Ltd from China
Relevant government actors:Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
International and Finance InstitutionsSociété Générale Corporate & Investment Banking (SGCIB) from France - finance, banking
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Alyansa Laban sa Mina
CBCP - National Secretariat for Social Action
Alyansa Tigil Mina
Philippine Indigenous People Links (Piplinks)
Future In Our Hands (FIOH)
Legal Rights and Natural Resources-Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK/FOEI)
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Pastoralists
Social movements
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
indigenous mangyans of Mindoro
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Artistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Blockades
Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Development of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Hunger strikes and self immolation
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow)
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsVisible: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Potential: Other Health impacts, Accidents, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..), Deaths
Other Health impactsPotential exposure to toxic mining waste
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Violations of human rights
Potential: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Project temporarily suspended
As of March 2015, the ECC for the project has been re-approved.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Campaign success will only be achieved when the mining companies pull out from Mindoro.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

25-year moratorium on mining in Oriental Mindoro (2008)

Executive Order No. 79, s. 2012: Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Sector Providing Policies and Guidelines to Ensure Environmental Protection and responsible Mining in the utilization of Mineral Resources
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Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, RA 8371
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Philippine Mining Act of 1995 (RA7942)
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

OECD finds Norwegian mining company guilty

‘No reason for Mindoro Nickel Project to be pursued,’ say Filipino groups
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Final Statement: Complaint from the Future in Our Hands (FIOH) against Intex Resources ASA and the Mindoro Nickel Project
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Intex Resources Inc. Company website
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Nickelinvestingnews.com on the involvement of Chinese MCC8 group Co.Ltd. (accessed 24/04/2015)
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Church, Envi Groups upset over Intex-Chinese partner’s relentless call for Mindoro Nickel Project

‘Mindoro Struggle’ publication launched
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Other documents

Mindoro Campaign: Protecting Island Ecology Defending People’s Rights A compilation of several studies on the Mindoro critical ecosystems, including mining threat to food security and the Final Statement of the Norwegian NCP on the violated OECD Guidelines.
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Contributor:Alyansa Tigil Mina
Last update24/04/2015
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