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Readers’ reactions, responses to proposed Dry Harbour Mountain mining

Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2020 | 12:07 AM

Here are some responses from readers sourced from The Gleaner’s social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – on the Government’s proposal to permit mining in Dry Harbour Mountain.

• It’s only going to be beneficial to some!

– @Dewarrestaurant

• Next ting they say its worth it to mine the Cockpit Country

– @jord.876

• Money isn’t all to life

– @latoyagrant5557

• Well whappen to the manifesto? Labourites go hold unu PM accountable since a unu vote fi him

– @elecktrajam

• Someone is not being completely honest about this venture

– @9ine_ether

• ... undisclosed deal to benefit a few ... not a good look

– @james.5405

• Whatever the “economic benefit”, it will only be short term. The environmental consequences will last generations. Just like bauxite and sugar cane, Jamaica is too small in area to allow for regular depletion of its natural resources to offer sustained economic benefit. We just don’t have the scale.

– Brian Anthony Ricketts

• No benefit to us except more destruction to our environment for which our children and our future generations will be here to pay the bitter price long after we are gone

– @drea_whitty

• Yes, no one will disagree with the economic befits that mining anywhere in the world has, but is it worth the egregious environmental disaster which it causes? I think not. Look at the irreparable damages that bauxite mining has caused right there in Jamaica. Not to mention how ugly it leaves the landscape. Somethings just aren’t worth the outcome of a profitable act. The government has all ready caused enough damage to Jamaica’s ecosystem. Ah full time now unuh tap tear up di place fi line unuh packet.

– @compusol1979

• The mere fact that the money is undisclosed is another red flag.

– @epitomeofstrength

• If they have to defend one thing so many times then something is definitely not right!

– Ngozi Adichie James

• These people don’t care about Jamaicans. Their forefathers did not shed sweat and blood to let us have this beautiful land to call our own. They don’t care about us. When I come back to Jamaica and look for my birthplace in Ardock St. Ann it is desert and pits thousand of feet down, I cant find my birthplace and many more Jamaicans have felt this hurt.

– Florence Bulimaibau

• The PM said we should be planting more trees but at the same time agreeing to cut down so much where is the consistency in his words.

– Richie Dixon