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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 04:54


By Lolo Bobby M. Reyes of Bacon-Sorsogon (Bac-Sor) City

Part XV of the series on "Saving Our Sorsogon (SOS) Bay"

As published in the www.Smithsonian.com/ask (January 2015 issue): The question asked by Wayne Rhodes of Deerfield, Illinois was: "IS THE AMOUNT OF WATER ON EARTH FINITE?" Here is the reply made by Andrew Johnston, geographer, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space Museum: "Yes, it is. The water that cycles among the earth's oceans, atmosphere and land surface can be viewed as a closed system. That means that the total amount of water doesn't change. How this water originated is the subject of research."

Mr. Johnston continued: "Water can be released by volcanic activity (quite a bit of which occurred as the early earth cooled), or it could have been added to the early earth from impacting objects, such as comets."

This bit of research data is important to the people of Sorsogon, a majority of whom had been fighting against the plan of The Imperial Manila in constructing a geothermal plant in the Bulusan Volcano.

We have also been critical of the practices of the Energy Development Corp. (EDC), a company owned by the ABS-CBN conglomerate, in allowing water discharges from the Bacon-Manito (BacMan) Geothermal Plant. The Bac-Man is located in the Pocdol Volcanic Range (PVR) of Sorsogon and Albay Provinces. The waste water contains sulfur and other mineral impurities that foul up the waters in the rice fields of Sorsogon City and in the Barrio of Osiao, Bacon (a former town integrated forcibly by vested interests in what is now Sorsogon City). Local residents also claim that the Bac-Man waste waters also pollute Cawayan River that empties into Sorsogon Bay. Critics and farmers also claim that the Bac-Man geothermal operations had reduced the water that used to flow from springs in the PVR.

This online publication and this writer and their allies in Sorsogon City and Bacon town had been protesting the abuses allegedly made by the EDC in its operations of the Bac-Man Geothermal Plant.

Here is Lolo Bobby's letter of protest addressed to Ms. Gina Lopez, a scion of the Lopez Family that controls the EDC and president of the ABS-CBN Foundation: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/lolo-bobby-reyes-writes-a-love-letter-to-the-abs-cbn-foundation-s-gina-lopez-about-the-save-our-sorsogon-sos-bay-advocacy


As proven in the Tiwi (Albay), the operation of a geothermal plant there has caused many hot springs in Tiwi to dry up. Will the people of Sorsogon risk losing some of their best sources of water in Bulusan Volcano and in the PVR?

H ere are links to the previous articles in this series:

 


The “Save Our Sorsogon (SOS) Bay” Initiative (Part I)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/the-save-our-sorsogon-sos-bay-initiative

 

Sorsogon Bay: “So Near, Yet So FBAR.” The “Red Tide” Ban by the BFAR Must Be Lifted  (Part II)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/sorsogon-bay-so-near-yet-so-fbar-the-red-tide-ban-by-the-bfar-must-be-lifted

 

“Back to BacMan,” Tracing to the Geothermal Plant an Apparent Cause of Pollution in Sorsogon Bay (Part III)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/back-to-bacman-tracing-to-the-geothermal-plant-an-apparent-cause-of-pollution-in-sorsogon-bay

 

Ultimatum Given to BacMan Geothermal Plant to Treat Waste Water Before Emptying It into a Sorsogon-Bay Tributary (Part IV)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/ultimatum-given-to-bacman-geothermal-plant-to-treat-waste-water-before-emptying-it-into-a-sorsogon-bay-tributary

 

Sorsoganons Got Guts and Know How to Face Death Honorably (Part V)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/sorsoganons-got-guts-and-know-how-to-face-death-honorably

 

More On the “Save Our Sorsogon (SOS) Bay” Advocacy: “Arin si Brockovich?” (Part VI)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/more-on-the-save-our-sorsogon-sos-bay-advocacy-arin-si-brockovich

 

Sorsogon Public Officials Don’t Know How to Google for Geothermal Energy’s Environmental Issues (Part VII)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/sorsogon-public-officials-don-t-know-how-to-google-for-geothermal-energy-s-environmental-issues

 

Sorsogon Must Go for the Jugular Against the EDC, the Lopez Conglomerate and the PNOC, Et Al, for the Ecological Rape of Sorsogon Bay  (Part VIII)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/sorsogon-must-go-for-the-jugular-against-the-edc-the-lopez-conglomerate-and-the-pnoc-et-al-for-the-ecological-rape-of-sorsogon-bay

 

How Baby Boomers and their Children Can “Save” the World by Protecting Ecosystems in their Original Hometowns (Part IX)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/how-baby-boomers-and-their-children-can-save-the-world-by-protecting-ecosystems-in-their-original-hometowns

 

“Save Our Sorsogon (SOS) Bay” Campaign Endorsed to Department of Tourism as the EDC Contacts Bobby Reyes  (Part X)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/save-our-sorsogon-sos-bay-campaign-endorsed-to-department-of-tourism-as-the-edc-contacts-bobby-reyes

 

Bacon-Manito Geothermal Project EIA 1985  (Part XI)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/bacon-manito-geothermal-project-eia-1985

 

Lolo Bobby Reyes Writes a “Love Letter” to the ABS-CBN Foundation’s Gina Lopez About the “Save Our Sorsogon (SOS) Bay” Advocacy (Part XII)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/lolo-bobby-reyes-writes-a-love-letter-to-the-abs-cbn-foundation-s-gina-lopez-about-the-save-our-sorsogon-sos-bay-advocacy

 

EDC Replies Through ABS-CBN Foundation’s Gina Lopez (Part XIII)

 

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/ecology-and-the-environment/edc-replies-through-abs-cbn-foundation-s-gina-lopez

 

To be continued ...



Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 18:01
 

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