Dear Friends in MISSION,
We are sending you a brief background on the situation of our dear Mt. Talinis. We appeal three important things from DENR:
- Non issuance of the Environmental Compliance Certificate for EDC’s 60MW Expansion Project
- Investigation of the 576 century old trees being cut at the Mount Talinis Range by the Energy Development Corporation
- Invalidate the undemocratic and manipulated public hearing conducted last March 10.
We are hoping for your support to save Mount Talinis from EDC’s 60MW expansion. Mt. Talinis Range is a key spot of biodiversity in Negros Oriental. Right now, it is under threat from dirty energy developments. You may do the following:
- Help us promote the appeal to support Mt. Talinis. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/Mt.Talinis.Philippines.
- Visit and campaign for others to visit http://act.350.org/sign/save-mt-talinis and signify your support;
- Issue an official statement of support;
- hold in your mind, heart and soul this intention.
Mt. Talinis or Cuernos de Negros mountain range in Negros Oriental has been identified as a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) spanning 23, 565 hectares covering the municipalities of San Jose, Sibulan, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, Sta. Catalina, Pamplona, Amlan and Valencia. It has been identified as one of the top on the list of conservation priority areas due to its high endemism and severity of threats. Old growth forest still surrounds the peak and lakes covering an area of about 4800 hectares. About 3000 hectares is classified as close natural forest while about 1800 hectares is secondary natural forest. This remaining forest patch is not only a habitat to wildlife but also serves as water source for the entire southern part of Negros.
This mountain is not only home to rich biodiversity of flora and fauna with high endemism but it is also our identified watershed providing water to about 15 municipalities and cities in the southern part of Negros Oriental. It is the remaining 1% natural forest of Negros Oriental, our last frontier.
The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is yet again proposing their second expansion project in Mt. Talinis and currently applying for an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for their Southern Negros Geothermal Project (SNGP) in its 5,163 hectares development block within the identified key biodiversity area.
Their proposed expansion seeks to add 60 MW in their total steamfield capacity to 282.5 MW which includes an addition of 43 wells (production and injection wells), 11 well pads, new pipelines and corridors (roads), additional Fluid Collection and Reinjection System (FCRS) and additional support and temporary facilities. These will not only disrupt the natural habitat of our ecologically important flora and fauna at the Mount Talinis Range but also threaten our watersheds and the lives that depend on it.
Join us in upholding and protecting the constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology, hereby submit an opposition to the issuance of an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to Energy Development Corporation (EDC) 60MW expansion project in their proposed 5,163 hectares development block within the Mount Talinis Range—one of the biodiversity corridors in the Philippines
(Photo Credit: Tony Belloni from http://w0.fast-meteo.com/system/images/18438/large/Dumaguete.jpg?1416174812)