Dark Matter of Conflict: The Semirara Coal Mine Accident

by: Rosanna Rapista-Dureza

Publication Date: December 4, 2015
Length: 23 pages
Product ID#: 1-004-000

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Harold Dureza has been tapped to lead the Philippine Department of Energy team to find the root cause of the most recent coal mine accident at Semirara Island, which has left nine workers dead. He has been pouring over maps, data, and reports. It is Friday. He and his team just returned to the office yesterday. They have spent the past two weeks taking pictures and researching the cause of the accident at Semirara Island. Dureza has a weekend to review the materials. He is due to present his report to his boss Tuesday. Can he compose a narrative of the chain of events?

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