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JAMAICA | Opposition Calls on Prime Minister to Stop Mining in the Cockpit Country

Featured Map of Jamaica's Cockpit country slated for mining by the Noranda bauxite company Map of Jamaica's Cockpit country slated for mining by the Noranda bauxite company
KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 31, 2019: The Peoples National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Land and the Environment, Senator Sophia Fraser-Binns says the Opposition is dismayed and disappointed at the decision of the Andrew Holness-led administration to allow the Noranda Bauxite Company to mine in sections of the Cockpit country.

In a media release, Senator Fraser-Binns said  the Opposition was especially aggrieved by the lack of consultation with Southern Trelawny Environment Agency and other stakeholders before making the decision and announcement.

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The Peoples National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Land and the Environment, Senator Sophia Fraser-Binns wants the Andrew Holness-led administration to prevent any mobilization of equipment and personnel in the area to initiate destructive activities in the environment of the Cockpit country.

Senator Fraser-Binns said the Cockpit country has always been a protected area and any decision which would render its protection null and void requires widespread consultation with stakeholder groupings involved in the protection of the environment in Jamaica.

The Shadow Minister said the manner in which the decision was taken lacks transparency and is an affront to the Prime Minister’s own stated commitment to be transparent, new and different.

The Shadow Minister is, therefore, calling on the government to reverse its decision forthwith and to prevent any mobilization of equipment and personnel in the area to initiate destructive activities in the environment of the Cockpit country.

Senator Fraser-Binns said the government should not ignore the rich history associated with this most pristine part of our country. The delicate ecosystem and rare endemic species will irreversibly be destroyed for the sake of commercial profits.

She is calling on Prime Minister Holness who has portfolio responsibility to put the brakes on the project immediately because “this generation and every generation that follow will hold him responsible for the decision to destroy and oversea the eventual destruction of the this area of natural beauty.”

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