September 28, 2015
A delegation of approximately 60 persons from various communities in St Ann and Trelawny called on the National Environment and Planning Agency's (NEPA) Chief Executive Officer, Peter Knight to discuss concerns and delivered letters expressing opposition to mining in the Cockpit Country.
Led by Michael Schwartz, head of the Windsor Research Centre, the delegation was received by Mr. Knight at NEPA's head offices on Caledonia Avenue in Kingston on Wednesday, September 23.
Mr. Knight, in welcoming the group, informed them that the matter is now before Cabinet for a decision. He also commended them for adopting a consultative approach to seeking resolution rather than resorting to blocking of roads and the downing of trees.
The delegation was advised by Mr. Knight that their concerns will be brought to the attention of Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change and the executive team in the Ministry.
The group also planned calls on Minister Pickersgill; Mines and Geology Division; Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining and other ministries.