Sand Mining to Cease


By a majority vote, the Barbuda Council has set a deadline of May 31 for sand mining operations to cease at Palmetto Point. Environmentalists, including John Mussington, have long been pointing out the damage caused to the environment by 23 years of sand mining in the area. The decision has ramifications for Antigua and Barbuda's construction industry, which will have to import sand at a higher cost, and for the economy of Barbuda itself, where over EC$5 million annually is reported to be earned from the mining of sand. On Tuesday 23 May 2006 the members of the Barbuda Council attended a meeting with Central Government, when financial assistance was promised for the island.

These photos were taken in October 2005 by marine biologist, John Mussington. The photo at top shows the digging below the water table, which has exposed the fresh water in the water table itself to contamination by sand and salt water, animals, vehicles, and activities such as farming. This was the view from the top of one of the last remaining ridges pictured in the photo left. This ridge was removed recently. The right photo shows the road leading from the mining area. The dunes in the background have been taken allowing one to see over to the ocean. For further information John Mussington may be contacted This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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