EMA to take action against illegal quarrying and squatting

The EMA plans to take action against alleged illegal quarrying activities in North- East Trinidad.

The following is a press release from the EMA:

'The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) recently conducted a surveillance of several areas in the north-eastern part of Trinidad reported as being destroyed by squatting and illegal quarrying activities.

Officers from the EMA’s Environmental Police Unit (EPU) conducted assessments of areas within the Melajo Forest Reserve and along the Toco Old Road.

There was evidence of excavation works conducted and in progress at sites along the Toco Old Road. T

he EMA is continuing its investigations with respect to those areas which appear to be subjected to illegal squatting.

The EMA is a participating agency member of the Minerals Advisory Committee and intends to coordinate a joint agency investigation to address the issue of quarrying activities along the Toco Old Road.

To properly address the issue of alleged illegal squatting within the Melajo Forest Reserve and other areas, the EMA will need to coordinate follow-up activities with several relevant agencies, including the Forestry Division and the Land Settlement Agency.

Further updates will be provided as the investigation proceeds.

The EMA gives the assurance that it will initiate enforcement action pursuant to the Environmental Management Act, Chapter 35:05 and its subsidiary legislation to address any illegal activity in the Melajo Forest Reserve.

The public is asked to provide any information that may assist the EMA and the other Agencies with regard to these investigations by sending text messages to its emergency response mobile 680-9588 or via email [email protected].'

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