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Government team to tour Cockpit Country today

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 5:37 AM
Cockpit Country

A team of government officials is to visit sections of Trelawny today to ensure no mining activity is taking place within the proposed borders of the protected Cockpit Country.

State Minister in the Mining Ministry, Julian Robinson, says representatives from the Jamaica Bauxite Institute, the Commissioner of Mines and the National Environment and Planning Agency will make up the team.

He says a report is expected following the tour.

 

State Minister in the Mining Ministry, Julian Robinson

Meanwhile, Robinson says there is now need for urgent steps to be taken to determine the official borders of the Cockpit Country.

The boundary issue was raised on Monday after an environment lobby group claimed bauxite company, Noranda, was conducting activities in an area of Bryan Castle, Trelawny, which forms part of the Cockpit Country.

 

State Minister in the Mining Ministry, Julian Robinson

Robinson declined to give a timeline for when the boundary issues could be settled, noting that consultations are ongoing.

A government report that includes findings from a public consultations has been completed since 2013. 

Yesterday, Noranda issued a statement saying it was not carrying out any mining operations outside of agreed areas.

However, it is yet to indicate the areas it has sought permission to undertake mining activities.