Provincial Board urged to sanction EDC

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

NEGROS Occidental Board Member Patrick Lacson said environment groups are urging the Provincial Board (PB) to sanction the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) for its failure to fulfill its commitment to produce 40 megawatts (MW) at the Northern Negros Geothermal Power Plant (NNGPP) in Bago City.

There is a complaint from environment groups, said Lacson, who is chairman of the PB committee on environment.

Based on its memorandum of agreement with the Provincial Government in 2008, the EDC was allowed to drill wells at the buffer zone of Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park to fulfill its 40-MW commitment to the province.

In August this year, the EDC informed the PB about its plan to dismantle its 49-MW plant in Barangay Mailum and to retain only the facilities and equipment appropriate to the 6- to 8-MW capacity it is generating from the NNGPP.

Lacson said he will call for a committee meeting to tackle the issue as well as other environmental concerns forwarded to his committee.

He added that he has been communicating with the environmentalists and the EDC on the said concern.

"The EDC people have indicated that they are willing to attend the committee meeting when there is already a schedule," Lacson said.

He also said that the environmentalists are asking that aside from obliging the EDC to plant trees in the areas affected by their drilling, EDC should also pay damages for its violation.

Lacson said that when the drilling operation failed and only about 6 MW of power was produced, this was sold to other power distributors.

Second district Board Member Miller Serondo is pushing to oblige EDC to sell whatever power source it can produce to the province first, he added. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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