Wednesday June 5, 2019 | Loop Jamaica
JET still concerned over Cockpit Country despite Gov't assurance
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is still expressing concern despite an announcement made in parliament on Tuesday that no bauxite mining was taking place close to or in the Cockpit Country Protected Area. Transport and Mining Minister, Bobby Montague, reported to Cabinet that despite concerns aired by the trust, their fears that the protected area was being ravished by heavy equipment belonging to mining company Noranda, were unfounded.
However, JET contends that the designated Cockpit Country Protected Area boundary has not yet been completely verified on-the-ground, gazetted and declared protected under Jamaican law “As a result, the CCPA has not yet been closed to mining under Jamaican law. In 2018 the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) granted a special mining lease to Noranda/New Day Bauxite Company which allows bauxite mining in sections of Cockpit Country in St Ann and Trelawny which were left out of the designated protected area. Special Exclusive Prospecting Licenses which overlap the designated Cockpit Country protected area boundary in sections of Manchester, St Elizabeth and St James have not yet been amended by GOJ,” a JET release stated.