Cockpit Country: Government decides to permit a reduced mining area, but concerns remain

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) announced yesterday (January 3, 2022) that a reduced area will be offered to the Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners II for mining close to the Cockpit Country under the highly controversial Special Mining Licence (SML) 173. Here’s the full text of NEPA CEO Peter Knight’s statement. This will exclude … More Cockpit Country: Government decides to permit a reduced mining area, but concerns remain

The Cockpit Country issue: a prospecting licence in Jamaica’s Maroon Lands?

Cockpit Country is under threat, as never before. Here is another development, which needs some clarification and explanation. Jamaica Environment Trust shared their new concerns, today. JET calls on the Government to honor its commitments not to mine Cockpit Country The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is dismayed that after the Prime Minister’s announcement in 2017 … More The Cockpit Country issue: a prospecting licence in Jamaica’s Maroon Lands?

One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

There is so much unfinished business related to the Cockpit Country, one year later. I seem to be using this cliché so often recently: “The devil is in the details.” But it’s true. It is not enough to make a declaration, pass it on to the relevant agencies and then those agencies simply drag their … More One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

“Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister

My previous post addressed the concerns of many (including local residents) about the sand mining issue in Duncans Bay, Trelawny. In response to these major concerns, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the full conditions for the granting of a permit, which the National Environment and Planning Agency had previously denied. I am sharing these conditions, … More “Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister

Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?

This is an extremely disturbing turn of events. Duncans Bay has a beautiful beach that also has great environmental value. How can the Jamaican Government support climate change adaptation (and it has expressed concern several times over the impact on our coastlines) – while at the same time allowing the removal of sand from the coast? … More Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?

Our Threatened Beaches and New Mega-Hotels: Negril Chamber of Commerce, JET Very Concerned at Sand Mining

It’s not rocket science. There is something that our government bureaucrats, so-called developers and overseas investors don’t seem to be getting. They don’t seem to understand what COP21 – last December’s Conference on Climate Change – was about. It was not just a junket, a nice trip to Paris. Despite all the evidence, they don’t seem … More Our Threatened Beaches and New Mega-Hotels: Negril Chamber of Commerce, JET Very Concerned at Sand Mining

Cockpit Country: “We Must Fight For It With Every Breath”

In case you were going to ask, the answer is yes. Cockpit Country is still very much under threat from bauxite mining. Several weeks ago now, I found myself at a press briefing/meeting that was extraordinary in many ways. A large delegation of some sixty residents of the Cockpit Country had come to the city. … More Cockpit Country: “We Must Fight For It With Every Breath”

The Destruction of our Beaches: Trelawny, Jamaica

Jamaica’s beaches are already hugely threatened by erosion, climate change impacts etc. But now, persons unknown are removing large amounts of sand from a beach on the north coast. Who are these people? Should they have received approval from a Government Department in the first place to take the sand? For what purpose is it … More The Destruction of our Beaches: Trelawny, Jamaica