Dangers of mining in Ireland and the risks it poses to angling
Talk by Mark Tierney
My name is Mark Tierney and I am from Carrickmore, County Tyrone. I am a director in the Ulster Angling Federation and involved with local angling clubs and rainbow trout fisheries in Tyrone. I've also been active in campaigns against commercial netting of salmon and the growing salmon farm industry off our coastline. I am a Level 2 angling coach and am active at angling introduction in the area.
My involvement in the anti-mining campaign in recent months has been from the perspective of an angler and as a parent living in an area that will be directly impacted by Dalradian plans. Local water quality and air quality would be of great concern to me and pollution incidents have already occurred in Dalradian operations which are still at the exploratory stages. Cyanide use within the processing of extracted materials is also of great concern although currently Dalradian have withdrawn this part of the application process and events are fluid at the moment and subject to change.
We have an opportunity to learn from the ordinary decent residents of the area who have actively opposed this mine and other industrial applications which could and are likely to, impact disastrously on our waterways and the species that depend on decent water quality for survival