Energy Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan has ordered an end to all quarrying operations in the Ravine Sable/Caparo region with immediate effect. This follows the collapse of a bank of the Caparo River during recent heavy rainfall.
The Ministry said it has "determined that the activity of seven unlicensed operators an one licensed operator is the cause of the severe erosion and the corresponding problems with flooding being experienced in the area."
A team of ministry officials reported that quarrying of unconsolidated plastering sand deposits had adversely affected the stability of the slope and drainage since excavation works were being conducted in close proximity to roads and water courses.
A ministry statement said officials noted an embankment near a ravine was excavated, causing the Caparo River to overflow its banks leading to flooding and submersion of close to 30 acres of land creating a lagoon. "The assistance of the Special Anti-Crime Unit of T&T has been sought with a view to giving effect to this order," the statement said.