More on the #WhyMining discussion: Gus Cosio of www.guscosio.com recently joined a group of fund managers from the South East Asia area for an observation trip of the Carmen Copper Mine of Atlas Consolidated Mining Corporation (AT). The trip was sponsored by MacQuarie Philippines, and we guess that they wanted to showcase that they were conducting their mining operations in a responsible manner. So are they? Here’s what Gus Cosio said:
“The hills surrounding of the mine pits, as well as the old mined over portions, were lush with forest cover. According to mine personnel, fauna such as snakes and small mammals were abundant. Hundreds of birds flew around the crushing area. There were seedling nurseries which raised trees for replanting in the mining property. The area was several times more lush and forested than the provinces surrounding Metro Manila. It really escapes my understanding how environmentalists could claim that all mining companies do not care for the environment. Urban dwellers definitely care less if you compare their behavior to these miners.”
Read the entire post on Gus’ blog at http://guscosio.com/wordpress/?p=699 I think you’ll find it quite interesting.