EDC eyeing project in Mt. Mandalagan

THE Energy Development Corp. (EDC) is eyeing to conduct drilling operations for another geothermal power in in Mt. Mandalagan, Negros Occidental.

Mt. Mandalagan, which is part of the Negros Volcanic Belt, is listed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) as a potentially active volcano.

Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said Wednesday that his office received the project description for the Geoscientific Study on the Mandalagan Geothermal Prospect from EDC.

The Mandalagan Geothermal Prospect is one of the identified areas of the Department of Energy that has potential for power generation for renewable energy specifically geothermal energy.

Most of the available technical data on the prospect were based on preliminary reconnaissance surveys that suggest the possible presence of geothermal resource based on the project description submitted by EDC.

Lacson said in the letter that EDC just informed the province of their plan and that they have not requested for any legislative action yet.

“We will take action when they will make a request," the vice governor said.

EDC has been the subject of criticisms of environmentalist groups in the province after they failed to generate the 49 megawatts of geothermal power from its North Negros Geothermal Power Project at the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.

Green Alert Negros said that “EDC left the area, created destruction at the buffer zone of the MKNP without any explanation to the Negrenses.”

They should be held liable for such destruction, the group added.
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