Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Community groups mobilized against mining in Cockpit Country

With the help of environmental organizations community groups are coming together at Caledonia crossroad to protest mining in Cockpit Country. They are offering informational tours on the ill effects of mining in Cockpit.
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Friday, June 5, 2015

Goverment Agencies Reach For Consensus On Cockpit Country

Due to intense public pressure regarding mining in Cockpit Country, government stakeholders are attempting to reach a consensus among themselves. Among those participating in the discussions are the Jamaica Bauxite Institute; the Forestry Department; the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change; the Mines and Geology Division; and the Water Resources Authority.

We now have an estimated dollar value of the potential worth of Cockpit Country to the mining companies.

The Cockpit Country Stakeholders' Group boundary that takes in St Ann, St Elizabeth, St James, and Trelawny, and which would deny access to some 300 million tons of bauxite or US$9 billion.

The Ring Road boundary that takes in Trelawny and St Elizabeth and which would deny access to 150 million tons or US$4.5-billion;

The Sweeting/University of the West Indies (UWI) boundary, projected to incur losses of US$4.2 billion or 140 million tons of bauxite;

The Maroon boundary, comprised of Trelawny and St Elizabeth and which would amount to US$3 billion or 100 million tons of bauxite lost;

The Forestry Reserve boundary that would cause a loss of US$450 million, or 15 million tons of bauxite; and The Jamaica Bauxite Institute boundary, which would incur losses of US$300 million or 10 million tons of the ore.