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Mines Division outlines conditions for sand mining activities in Trelawny

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2014 | 7:41 PM

The Mines and Geology Division in the Ministry of Agriculture says the licence granted to a developer to allow for the mining of sand in Duncans Trelawny was granted with strict conditions.



The response comes following concerns raised by lobby group, Jamaica Environment Trust about the sand-mining activitiies.



The group had questioned the scope of the licence.



Commissioner of Mines Clinton Thompson says the license was granted for six months and allows the Duncans Bay Development Company Limited the right to remove agreed quantities of beach sand from the property which it owns.



He says the licence also contains special conditions which stipulate what volume of sand can be extracted and how the skimming operations should be conducted.



Thompson explains that the developers are restricted to a particular area which was the subject of a research.



He says the research was conducted to identify possible land-based sources of beach sand which could then be used to re-nourish beaches, especially those in the hotel sector.



The Commissioner of Mines says the Mines and Geology Division is monitoring the removal of the sand.



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