DENR's Lopez inspects Zambales open pit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2017 05:17 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez prepares for an aerial inspection in Zambales province. Abner Mercado, ABS-CBN News on Twitter

MANILA – Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Tuesday inspected an open-pit mine in Zambales province, as she reiterated her resolve against destructive mining.

Lopez said the acidity level in the open pit she visited was just one notch below the highest level, enough to melt a propeller.

And when it rains, the water from the open pit flows to nearby communities, Lopez said in a video on her official Facebook page.

“It’s really bad. You’re killing everything… This is the most scary thing, it’s gonna be here forever, eternally,” Lopez said.

“Activities like this kill the economic potential of the country. Kill it. And it’s the government’s to make sure that this does not happen,” she said.

Lopez has ordered the closure or suspension of 28 mines and threatened to cancel 75 contracts for alleged violation of environment laws.