A CAMPAIGN group has been started to try and prevent the mining of gold in the Quigley’s Point area.
‘Save Inishowen from Gold Mining’ was founded in response to last month’s announcement by Arkle Resources that it hit upon large scale, high-grade deposits.
Trenching excavations on farmland and in a quarry at Meeneragh, near Quigley’s Point, identified two sites with gold grades of significance.
Arkle have been prospecting for gold in east Inishowen since 2015.
However, the opposition group said it got a real boost this week in terms of moral and practical support when they met with both Friends of the Earth and the international organisation ‘Yes to Life No to Mining’.
“This isn’t the first time the peninsula has been visited by prospecting companies and threatened with mining and the implications those activities carry for the local environment and communities, but is possibly the most vociferous and invasive one to date,” said Rose Kelly, spokesperson for the group.
“Inishowen is still a wild and wonderful place to live. The prospect of mining is a threat to all of that and so we have no option but to organise and resist. We are delighted to say that we have the full support of both Friends of the Earth and ‘Yes to Life No to Mining’ in resisting any attempt at mining on the peninsula. We are becoming signed up members of ‘Yes to Life No to Mining’ and look forward to both giving and receiving solidarity within that international organisation.”
For further information, visit the Save Inishowen from Gold Mining Facebook Page.Tags: