DENR vows tight watch over P6.2-B Bicol coal project

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday vowed to scrutinize the controversial P6.2-billion coal mining project in Catanduanes province in the Bicol Region.

In a radio interview, Environment Secretary Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr. said the project still needs DENR clearance even if the Department of Energy (DOE) might have cleared the venture.

“Hindi pa dumadaan sa tanggapan ko ito, ‘di ko alam ang nature ng coal project at ‘di pa ito kumukuha ng environmental clearance (This has not passed through my office. I do not know the nature of this coal project. It has not obtained DENR’s environment clearance),” Atienza said in an interview on dzXL radio.

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