No toxic mining prospectors in co. Monaghan, leave it in the ground! Ref: MA333/5

No toxic mining prospectors in co. Monaghan, leave it in the ground! Ref: MA333/5

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Aindriú De Buitléir started this petition to Richard Bruton TD (Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment) and

No toxic mining prospectors, leave it in the ground! DEADLINE 6th JULY

This petition is in relation to the minister of communication, climate action and environment's intention to grant exploration licences, for corporate prospecting of Barytes, base metals, gold and silver in Co. Monaghan. (Ref: MA333/5)

Given the scale of the ensuing climate catastrophe it would be a grave error to open the doors for such mining developments - especially when biodiversity is under threat. Mining has the potential to have severely adverse effects on the environment including loss of biodiversity, erosion, contamination of surface water, ground water, and soil. There are countless examples of the destructive impacts of mining - we need only look to what's happening in Sperrins Co. Tyrone to get a sense of what these licenses could lead to in co. Monaghan.

Residents of Co. Monaghan have only recently seen the disastrous impact on local communities after the collapse of several underground tunnels in Gypsum mines near Carrickmacross/ Magheracloone, which displaced several families and caused structural damage to two community centre buildings (1).

I strongly feel that we must object to these licenses - for the health & well-being of the people of Monaghan, as well as our delicate ecosystems. 

Companies like Dalradian and Great Glen Resources Ltd will put their own profits above the needs and concerns of local residents. Ireland is already the second worst performing country in the EU when it comes to emissions..

This is not isolated to Monaghan, as prospectors also wanting to explore in Townlands of Co. Galway, Co Laois, Co. Offaly, Co. Tipperary+Limerick and renewal of licences in Co. Meath. Signatures are currently being collected for.....Co. Kildare Ref: M.A. 324/2. Closing Date 5th July, Co Laois/Co. Kildare Ref: M.A. 320/5  Closing Date 18th July, Co Wicklow Ref: M.A. 284/2  Closing Date 19th July. 

In Donegal local residents and community groups have successfully blocked the application by Great Glen Resources, the same company applying in Monaghan for a similar mining license (2).

I urge you, in the spirit of the draft Climate Change Adaption Strategy (3) and for the protection of the environment, to follow the lead of those in Donegal in objecting the ministers decision to grant this license to Great Glen Resources Ltd.

If we are to be serious about solving climate change we must act now - that means keeping these minerals in the ground!

 

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References


(1) effects of Gypsum mine in Co. Monaghan https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/monaghan-sinkholes-the-mining-is-a-cancer-in-our-parish-1.3754925


(2) FISSTA Donegal statement on mining company withdrawing application
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2730974796919779&id=744909088859703


(3) https://monaghan.ie/environment/monaghan-county-council-climate-change-adaptation-strategy/
 

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