In Rio Tuba, Municipality of Bataraza, southern tip of Palawan Island, in the Philippines, Coral Bay Nickel Project (CBNP) has been launched to produce and export mixed nickel-cobalt sulfide to Japan for 20 years.
Even before the operation and till today, the environmental and social issues related to this project have been pointed out. For example, the impact to Indigenous peoples, or Pala’wan, the impact to coral reef caused by the construction of the port facilities, and increase in the number of skin diseases are concerned. Moreover, the second plant construction plan, which was announced in March 2006, raised an alarm that these impacts could expand.
The 90% of the equity for Coral Bay Nickel Corporation is owned by several Japanese corporations. The project is also financed by Japan Bank for International Corporation (JBIC) and insured by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI). The second plant has been also provided the insurance by NEXI.
Documents by FoE Japan
Call on Sumitomo Metal Mining to take effective mitigation measure against water contamination by hexavalent chromium
Water Contamination Found in the Communities surrounding the Nickel Projects in Surigao del Norte, the Philippines
------ The Result of Water Analysis in February 2013
Water Contamination Found in the Communities surrounding the Nickel Projects in Surigao del Norte as well as in Palawan, Philippines
------ The Result of Water Analysis in April and May 2012
Sludge Piled up at the Bottom of the Rivers in Palawan, Philippines and the Possibility of Adverse Impact on Ecosystem
------ The Result of Sludge Analysis in October 2011
Remarkable Water Contamination Found Continuously in the River in Palawan, Philippines
------ The Result of Water Analysis in October 2011