Monday, February 19, 2018

Illegal quarry operators raking in $.15m per day

ILLEGAL quarry operators in the country are taking home up to $150,000 tax free per day, Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine said yesterday as he announced new measures that may become law in the fight against illegal mining.

The possible daily pay-off was contained in a report by an inter-agency commission appointed in 2013, to look into illegal mining. The committee was chaired by director of Legal Services at the Ministry of Energy, Indira Ramkissoon, and was mandated to consider legislative changes aimed at alleviating illegal quarry activities. Excerpts of the committee’s report were presented by Ramnarine yesterday at the post-Cabinet briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair.

Most of the illegal activities appear to be clustered in Northeast Trinidad, especially in the Valencia and Matura areas.