Clarendon river miners told to look to alternatives
Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
Miners who operate quarries along the Rio Minho in Clarendon are being urged to consider manufacturing sand as an alternative.
Commissioner of Mines, Clinton Thompson, made the appeal yesterday at a workshop with stakeholders.
He said mining of the river has been suspended as the authorities seek to preserve the depleting the sand reserves.
According to Thompson, the decline in rainfall has significantly impacted the amount of sand deposits in the Rio Minho.
It's why Mr Thompson is encouraging licensed quarry operators to consider alternatives such as manufacturing sand.
He further said operators can look at crushing stones to provide sand for the construction sector.
In the meantime, the Mines Commissioner said an all-island reverification of quarries will be carried out.
He also says mining along the Rio Minho bed will be closely monitored and persons found engaging in illegal quarrying will be prosecuted.
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