An unauthorized dredging project on the lagoon side of San Pedro Town has received a stop order from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture via the Mining Unit. Concerned citizens claimed that heavy machinery, including a Caterpillar excavator, had allegedly been used to construct an approximately three-mile channel heading north. The Department of Environment (DOE) confirmed to The San Pedro Sun that the proprietors, believed to be Bob Dhillon and David Mitchell, did not have the required permits for such an activity and the persons carrying out the excavation were verbally ordered to cease operations until an inspection is conducted. A team from DOE is expected to arrive on the island to inspect and verify the nature of the questionable project.
Stakeholders are concerned that the method being used to do such a project can bring grave consequences to the sea bed and marine eco-system in the immediate area. One concern stakeholder shared with The Sun that they are not against development, but it needs to be done right and under the approval and supervision of the respective environmental authorities.Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun