Public Consultation on Proposed Bauxite Mining in Cockpit Country: December 8

With the controversy over the proposed limestone quarrying and other developments at Puerto Bueno Mountain rattling on, many have asked: “What about Cockpit Country? Is that all over and done with?” Well, as I noted recently on this blog, stakeholders and concerned citizens have expressed concern that proper public consultations would take place, bearing in mind the limitations imposed by the current pandemic. It is critical that all stakeholders are able to access and participate in the consultations.

Cockpit Country, looking south from Stewart Town towards Barnstaple Mountain. Everything in this view is within Special Mining Lease 173. #thisiscockpitcountry #withdrawSML173 (Photo: Wendy Lee)

The good news is that the meeting will be available on various platforms, using radio, social media and live streaming to the communities that would be most affected by the proposed bauxite mining by Noranda under a special mining lease (SML 173). Please find details below and share with anyone you know who would be interested, especially residents of the two parishes that would be impacted. This notice is posted on the website of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) here, and was also published in the newspapers.

Make your voices heard. Tune in, get involved, express your views. Cockpit Country is worth fighting for.

NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC MEETING

Conrad Douglas & Associates Limited, as consultant with responsibility for the Environmental Impact Assessment for Proposed Bauxite Mining Operations, by Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners II, in the Special Mining Lease 173 (SML 173) area, located in the Parishes of St. Ann and Trelawny, hereby, invites you to the Public Participation on the said Environmental Impact Assessment, to be held on December 8, 2020 at 5pm (Bogota or Local Time).

Due to COVID 19 concerns and protocols, the Public Participation be will be an interactive “Mixed-Virtual Public Meeting” that will be:
• Broadcasted live on Jamaica News Network (JNN)
• Broadcasted live on Power 106 FM
• Streamed live on Jamaica News Network’s YouTube Page
• Streamed live on Television Jamaica’s YouTube Page
• Streamed live on Zoom
• Streamed live to the following Satellite Locations:
o St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Endeavor, St. Ann
o Retreat Community Centre, Retreat, St. Ann and
o Ulster Spring Baptist Church, Ulster Spring, Trelawny.
ALL COVID 19 PROTOCOLS, INCLUDING NUMBER OF ATTENDEES, WILL BE
OBSERVED AT THE SATELLITE LOCATIONS.
The public is invited to participate in the meeting at the Satellite Locations or through Zoom, WhatsApp, and Telephone using the following information:
• WhatsApp – 876 878 1356
• Telephone – 876-733-2461-6
• Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/96990273594?pwd=aVRoVXBCdTMzL2poNSsxYVllbVVhQT09
Meeting ID: 969 9027 3594 Password: 203943

A copy of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report may be consulted at:
i. National Environment and Planning Agency Documentation Centre, 10 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5
ii. Gibraltar All Age & Infant School, Gibraltar, St. Ann
iii. Madras Primary School, Madras, St. Ann
iv. Discovery Bay Police Station, Discovery Bay, St. Ann
v. Ulster Spring Police Station, Ulster Spring, Trelawny
vi. Albert Town Post Office, Albert Town, Trelawny
vii. Sawyers Post Office, Sawyers, Trelawny
viii. National Environment and Planning Agency Website.
ix. Conrad Douglas & Associates Limited Website.

All responses/comments should be sent to NEPA’s Applications Secretariat Branch via email at applications@nepa.gov.jm or by mail to 10 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5.

For further information on the meeting, please contact the offices of Conrad Douglas & Associates Limited at 876-929-0023 & 876-929-8824 or info@cdaestech.com


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