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NI gold mine project strikes turbulence

Words: Roger Milne
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The company behind proposals to expand gold-mining activity in the Sperrin Mountains has confirmed that it will submit an application for what will be a regionally significant project ‘in the coming weeks’.

Confirmation came in an advertisement published in a local newspaper.

Meanwhile, police were called to a protest organised by anti-gold mine campaigners outside an invitation-only conference to discuss renewable tourism in the area organised by four local authorities.

The campaigners were annoyed that the mining company was understood to be represented at the event.

The protest was coordinated by Greencastle Community Group and supported by Save Our Sperrins, both of which oppose the construction of a gold mine by Canadian company Dalradian, at Curraghinalt in County Tyrone.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Rosemarie Shields, SDLP councillor for Mid Tyrone, said: “The main bone of contention is the plan for a processing plant. I don’t believe that any area of outstanding natural beauty is the place for such a plant.”

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