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Group issues urgent appeal on Inishowen gold mining 12.02.15

AN Inishowen environmental group is urgently appealing to local people to have their say on the Government's intention to grant licences for gold prospecting in the peninsula.
Celebrate Water is objecting to the licences, which cover gold and mineral mining in townlands across Inishowen, being granted.
The ear-marked areas stretch from east to west and include townlands around Redcastle, Muff, Buncrana, Fahan and Burnfoot.
The group said that by registering an objection now, would ensure the "right of objection should the issue ever go to planning appeal". The closing date is fast approaching - this Monday, February 16.
"Inis Eoghain is without doubt one of the most beautiful places on earth. It has a network of close knit yet inclusive communities whose social and economic well-being are largely built on the four cornerstones of natural environment; farming; fishing and natural and anthropological heritage. It is the view of Celebrate Water that the decision by the Minister to grant these licenses poses a real threat to all of these cornerstones and thus to the well-being of the whole peninsula," said a Celebrate Water spokesperson.
The group claims that the removal of just 7g of gold requires the excavation of at least one tonne of earth; the use of chemical substances and 'obscene' amounts of water "at a time when communities across the island are having water meters forced on them in the name of 'conservation'".
Celebrate Water claimed that the promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way is also incompatible with the granting of mining licences. And it urged local farmers and landowners to be vigilant on the issue.
To find out more visit Celebrate Water Facebook .
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