McAleer calls for public inquiry into Greencastle gold mine
Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has asked the Infrastructure Minister to hold a public inquiry into plans for a gold mine and processing plant in Greencastle, Tyrone.
The West Tyrone MLA said;
"This proposal, particularly the plan to construct a large scale processing plant using cyanide has caused widespread concern among the community.
“The proposed plant is only 1200 meters from the local primary cchool and GAA pavilion and people are deeply dissatisfied that the company did not host a public consultation in Greencastle village which is more accessible than the consultation they held in their plant on Camcosy Road.
“This deterred a lot of people from attending the event and I have spoken to people who did attend and they were disappointed by the level of information they received. Most reported that they did not get their questions answered.
“In light of fears about the impact of this proposal on public health and the environment, combined with the strong opinion that people cannot get satisfactory answers from the company involved and the unprecedented nature of this proposal, I believe that a public inquiry is necessary."