United Against Mining

Green Party in support for United Against Mining campaigners

Tuesday 04 December 2018

Green Party leader Clare Bailey MLA and North Down MLA Steven Agnew met with representatives of United Against Mining in Omagh last night (Monday 03 December 2018).

United Against Mining is an environmental interest group opposed to drilling and mining operations across the Sperrins.

Following the meeting, Green Party leader Clare Bailey MLA said:

“I was appalled to learn of the water and air pollution potential associated with the use of cyanide in drilling and mining operations.

“The prospect of using up to 20 tonnes of cyanide per day over many years presents dangers of leaching into the nearby Foyle River basin.

“The proposed mining site is on an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with EU protections due to the presence of salmon, otters and the freshwater pearl mussel.

“Protecting this beautiful habitat is of great concern for this local group but is important for everyone across Northern Ireland.

“That’s why the Green Party supports United Against Mining in protecting this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the fresh air and the clean water we all need to live.”

ENDS

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