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Coulibistrie Residents Take Action to Stop Mining Operations

By Lakisha La Bassiere – Q95fm News

Residents of Coulibistrie today stood up against a mining company in order to stop operation which they have started in the area of that community. They claim that they are fed up with the quarry industry, and their major concern is that of the proximity of the quarry to the village.

Residents see it as hazardous to the health of the people in their community. Their major complaint is regarding the effect that dust, noise and water pollution will have on the environment and they see this as posing a serious threat to their health.

Environmentalist Bernard Wiltshire stated that the people of Coulibistrie were fighting against the destruction of their community and the environmentalist are supporting them fully as this quarry was a hazard to that community. It appeared that the company may have been granted a preliminary by the Planning division, pending the possible grant of a mining License by the cabinet of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, and the company appeared to have proceeded with moving their equipment unto the site and commencing some mining operations.

Government Ministers who were present at the site of the demonstration in Coulibistrie have confirmed that the company has not yet been granted a mining license by government. As a result of that protest several villagers have been charged for illegally blocking the roads.

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