2 weeks Duterte lifts oil exploration moratorium in West Philippine Sea Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Energy (DOE) said Thursday. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a statement that a "resume to work" notice was issued by the DOE to the Service Contractors doing petroleum-related activities in the areas of SC 59, 72, and 75 in the West Philippine Sea. SCs 59 and 72 are operated by the Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC) and Forum Ltd., respectively. Meanwhile, PXP Energy Corp. operates SC 75. "With the impending depletion of our natural gas ... more