Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland

Lough Neagh sand dredging decision welcomed

Wednesday 28 June 2017
The Green Party has welcomed a High Court decision to refer the issue of sand dredging at Lough Neagh back to the Department for Infrastructure following an action taken by Friends of the Earth.
Green Party leader Steven Agnew said: “Today’s judgement vindicates campaigners and recognises the international importance of Lough Neagh as a Special Protection Area and an Area of Special Scientific Interest.
“I have been highlighting the environmental impact of sand dredging at Lough Neagh since March 2014. Today’s court ruling shows that the Environment Minister should have heeded my warnings around possible breaches of EU regulations.
“The court has acted to protect the ecosystem of an area where around 1.5 million tonnes of sand is dredged each year.
“The planning system must act quickly to safeguard one of the most important wetlands in Europe – the continued flouting of EU regulations means that nothing is sacred when it comes to environmental protection.”
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