The murder by suspected paramilitary forces of Fr. Tentorio maybe related to his opposition to the Xstrata mining project in South Cotabato, the largest ever in Philippine history, with a staggering 10,000 hectares covering four provinces. If its proposed equally largest-ever tailings dam bursts, it will be the disaster of the century, making the Marcopper dam in Marinduque look like a kiddie pool affair. It will let loose toxic wastes into six rivers, down more than 100,000 hectares of lush farmlands. Why does the government insist on such a risky affair?
See also: open letter to President Aquino and Xstrata.
This open letter to President Aquino explains the grave danger of an environmental mega-disaster if he approves Xstrata-SMI’s mining project, the biggest in Philippine history. The tailings mega- dam, located at a mountain top, sits directly below a seismic fault, located at a very high altitude. If the dam bursts, 1.1 billion metric tons of toxic mud will drain into 6 rivers in 4 provinces, causing irreversible damage.