Groups Denouce ExxonMobil in the Philippines

Groups Denouce ExxonMobil in the Philippines

Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) has denounced the Arroyo government for permitting oil and gas exploration activities by ExxonMobil in the Philippines.

“ExxonMobil has a notorious environmental record, yet it was given permission to exploit vast tracts of our territory for its own end,” states Clemente Bautista Jr., the national coordinator of Kalikasan PNE.

“The exploration activities of ExxonMobil and of other foreign companies will most likely damage the fragile marine ecosystem in the Sandakan Basin. This includes Tubbatha Reef, one of the leading nominees for the Seven Wonders of the World. Millions of fisher folks who depend on Sulu Sea for their food and livelihood will also be affected,” adds Bautista.

The Sulu Sea Basin is one of several areas that the Arroyo government opened for oil and gas exploration. The basin is estimated to hold about about 203 …



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