Wilson was a fisherman living in Calancan Bay in Marinduque where Placer Dome used to dump its mine waste.  Over a period of sixteen years, Placer Dome dumped 200million tons of mine waste into the shallow coral-rich bay despite vocal opposition from the community.  The president of the company, John Dodge, continues to maintain that the fishermen of Calancan Bay "have not suffered in any way because of the tailings disposal." Before, most of the 15,000 villagers in the area made a living from fishing in the bay for a few hours every other day.  Now, there are more fishermen than fish, and the men have to go far out to sea everyday. One day many years ago Wilson went out into the bay with a small cut in his leg.  As a result, Wilson suffered from mercury poisoning rendering his legs useless. One leg has been amputated,  the other one will have to come off as well. (image by Allan Lissner)
Wilson was a fisherman living in Calancan Bay in Marinduque where Placer Dome used to dump its mine waste. Over a period of sixteen years, Placer Dome dumped 200million tons of mine waste into the shallow coral-rich bay despite vocal opposition from the community. The president of the company, John Dodge, continues to maintain that the fishermen of Calancan Bay "have not suffered in any way because of the tailings disposal." Before, most of the 15,000 villagers in the area made a living from fishing in the bay for a few hours every other day. Now, there are more fishermen than fish, and the men have to go far out to sea everyday. One day many years ago Wilson went out into the bay with a small cut in his leg. As a result, Wilson suffered from mercury poisoning rendering his legs useless. One leg has been amputated, the other one will have to come off as well.
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