01 March 05
Ingrid Macdonald, Katy Southall
When Marcopper started mining copper on Marinduque Island in the Philippines four decades ago, local communities could not have foreseen the devastation it would bring. For more than 20 years, Marcopper dumped millions of tonnes of toxic mine waste into Marinduque’s seas and polluted its rivers. As a result, people have lost their health, livelihoods and some have even lost their lives.