This is a wake-up call. Bulusan Volcano is being fragmented right in front and under the noses of anti Geothermal advocates of Bulusan. Complacency is as baneful as indifference when it comes to issues such as the Bulusan Volcano Geothermal Question. Be very very cautious is in my opinion the best course of action for some anti Bulusan Geothermal advocates in Bulusan for them not to be misled and be convinced that exploiting geothermal energy on one side (Juban town side to be specific) of the volcano is benign and will be safer than exploiting the Bulusan town side of it. For me, it is akin to a head where the frontal part has complete anatomical features while the back side is full of pock marks. Totally illogical.
I am totally against this kind of fragmentation that will inevitably surface albeit done stealthily by some quarters with their own agenda far from the agenda being espoused by the anti Bulusan Geothermal advocates. I am against it because in the final analysis converting one side of the volcano into an industrial complex for exploiting geothermal energy is tantamount to giving up the whole. Bulusan Volcano after all is ONE volcano.
I have already argued endlessly on why Mt Bulusan/Bulusan Volcano is an unwise choice of location for Geothermal exploration in several posts to the point of repetition but I will not stop doing so.
For instance this note from my previous blog post:
Mt. Bulusan is an active volcano, one of the five intensely active volcanoes in the Philippines (Taal, Mayon, Bulusan, Kanlaon and Hibok-hibok) whose location is close enough to large communities to be of major concern.The Philippines has a total of 405 volcanoes of which 23 are active, 27 potentially active and 355 inactive according to the released information from Phivolcs.
Given this fact, why pick on Bulusan when there are so many other volcanoes in the Philippines?
Photo by Alma P. Gamil