Hundreds of residents from several communities in and around the Cockpit country, converged in Kingston today to demand an end to prospecting activities being undertaken by the Noranda bauxite mining company.

The prospecting rights were granted through two special Exclusive Prospecting Licences.

The residents insist the licenses were issued without public consultation and without the benefit of an economic impact assessment.

One Resident, Linsford Hamilton says the mining activities have destroyed livelihoods and is now threatening water security.

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Linsford Hamilton a concerned resident of the Cockpit Country in St. Ann