Gold mining in county Tyrone, Ireland

Canadian Company, Dalradian, proposes to start gold mining on the Green Road in Greencastle, Omagh, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. In 2016, there is growing resistance against it.


<div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Description</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld"></td><td class="columns"> Canadian Company,  Dalradian, proposes to establish a gold mining ‘camp’ on the Green Road in Greencastle, Omagh, Co Tyrone, Ireland.  It will involve: a mine 1,000 metres deep;  a cyanide processing plant; a toxic waste dump bigger than the whole of Greencastle Village(including Maryville); several poisonous tailings ponds;   a huge tunnel through Crockanboy Hill (5m x 5m) and other infrastructure.   Mining companies such as Dalradian are willing to spend millions of dollars and make endless promises to obtain this ‘social licence’. They send agents (Community Liaison Officers) into the area to befriend people, bringing gifts to get people on side eg. Dalradian have given out £126,000 in ‘gifts’ to groups, clubs and organisations in order to ‘buy’ their support or silence.   However, in doing this,  they have caused divisions within communities and families. Underground exploration began in 2014 and now the Canadian firm wants to locate a mine and processing plant within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) located in the Sperrin Mountains.In recent years residents have voiced concern about the potential impact the mining project may have on the environment. Cormac McAleer from the Save Our Sperrins campaign group said many people are opposed to the plan. “Local people are waiting with some dread about the actual detail of the Dalradian proposal to be finalised,” he said. “In the meantime people want to see the interests of the local population and environment come ahead of the profits of the Canadian (company).” He added that the concerns go beyond the potential use of cyanide and include the impact of dust and noise on people living in the district. Dalradian has held several meetings with residents in Greecastle, Gortin and the hamlet of Rousky, which sits between the two, to outline their plans. Under planning laws it is required to carry out consultation prior to submitting an application, which the firm expects to be lodged in the next autumn (2016). </td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Basic Data</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Name</td><td>Gold mining in county Tyrone, Ireland</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Country</td><td><a href="/country/united-kingdom">United Kingdom</a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Province</td><td>Northern Ireland</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Site</td><td>Greencastle/ Gortin</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Accuracy of Location</td><td>HIGH local level</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Source of Conflict</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (1st level)</td><td>Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Specific Commodities</td><td><a href='/commodity/gold'>Gold</a></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Project Details and Actors</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Details</td><td class="columns"><div class="less">Work at the site by Dalradian has included drilling, logging and assaying over 50,000 metres of core. It has also launched an "underground exploration programme", which involved up to 2,000m of underground development.</div><a class="seemore" href="#">See more...</a><div class="more" style="display:none">Work to date has focused in and around Curraghinalt, including more than 130,000 metres of drilling, underground channel sampling, interpretation of soil geochemistry girds, sampling of historic core, metallurgical testing, underground development and exploration and permitting. In addition, the Company is currently engaged in a Feasibility Study on Curraghinalt, including engineering and mine planning studies.<br/><br/>Curraghinalt hosts a NI 43-101 compliant resource consisting of:<br/><br/>Measured: 25,000 ounces of contained gold (0.03 million tonnes at 26.99 g/t gold)<br/><br/>Indicated: 2.07 million ounces of contained gold (5.58 million tonnes at 11.53 g/t gold)<br/><br/>Inferred: 2.31 million ounces of contained gold (7.13 million tonnes at 10.06 g/t gold)<br/><br/><a class="seeless" href="#">(See less)</a></div></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Project Area (in hectares)</td><td>80,000</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Level of Investment (in USD)</td><td>72,760,000</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Population</td><td>Rural</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Potential Affected Population</td><td>2,000</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Start Date</td><td>2014</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Company Names or State Enterprises</td><td><a href='/company/dalradian'>Dalradian Resources</a> from <a href='/country-of-company/canada'><small>Canada</small></a> - <small>Mining company</small></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Relevant government actors</td><td>Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland)<br/><br/>Invest NI</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Environmental justice organisations and other supporters</td><td>Friends of the Earth NI https://www.foe.co.uk/northern-ireland/northern_ireland_index<br/><br/>Save Our Sperrins (SOS) https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurSperrins/</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">The Conflict and the Mobilization</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)</td><td>LOW (some local organising)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">When did the mobilization begin</td><td>PREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Groups Mobilizing</td><td>International ejos<br /> Neighbours/citizens/communities</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Forms of Mobilization</td><td>Development of a network/collective action<br /> Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism<br /> Media based activism/alternative media<br /> Official complaint letters and petitions<br /> Public campaigns</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Impacts</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Environmental Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills, Waste overflow, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Health Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Accidents</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Socio-economic Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of landscape/sense of place</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Other</td><td>Negative impact on the small tourist industry</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Outcome</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Status</td><td>Planned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Pathways for conflict outcome / response</td><td>Strengthening of participation<br /> Application of existing regulations</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Do you consider this as a success?</td><td>No</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Why? Explain briefly.</td><td>So far the project goes ahead. However by 2016 campaigners have managed to generate a shift in the public opinion.</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Sources and Materials</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">References</td><td><table><tr><td><p> Ten fundamental concerns raised by FoE NI in relation to the processing of the planning application for a Gold mine near Gortin, Co Tyrone<br/><a class="refanch small" href="https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/10-concerns-about-dalradian-gold-mine-75430.pdf" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> Situation explained in the Irish News<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.irishnews.com/news/2016/02/05/news/tyrone-residents-voice-fears-over-cyanide-gold-mine-plan-407011/" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> How attractive the project was for investors<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/world-taking-a-shine-to-tyrone-gold-mine-riches-investment-fund-chiefs-visit-firm-as-hopes-raised-of-massive-find-30520892.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> On the interest by investors<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/tyrone-gold-mine-boost-after-investors-11m-share-buy-30981831.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Column written by local intellectual and politician Eamon McCann<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/eamonn-mccann/golddiggers-are-undermined-by-the-people-of-tyrone-34438792.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Other Documents</td><td><table><tr><td><p><strong>Save Our Sperrins</strong> Street protest with activists holding the banner of the campaign Save Our Sperrins<br/><a class="refanch small" href="https://file.ejatlas.org/docs/save_our_sperrins.jpg" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Ten fundamental concerns raised by FoE NI in relation to the processing of the planning application for a Gold mine near Gortin, Co Tyrone</strong> Document raising environmental issues against permission to go ahead with the mine<br/><a class="refanch small" href="https://file.ejatlas.org/docs/10-concerns-about-dalradian-gold-mine-75430.pdf" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Ten fundamental concerns raised by FoE NI in relation to the processing of the planning application for a Gold mine near Gortin, Co Tyrone</strong> Document released pointing at a number of environmental issues that could undermine the permission approval<br/><a class="refanch small" href="https://file.ejatlas.org/docs/10-concerns-about-dalradian-gold-mine-75430.pdf" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Meta Information</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Contributor</td><td>Alfred Burballa Noria</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Last update</td><td>15/07/2016</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>
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