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Sinn Féin call for investigation into South Derry Oil Spill

24 April, 2007

Newly appointed Sinn Féin Environmental Spokesperson, North Antrim Assembly member Daithí McKay has called for a full investigation into the spilling of over 8,000 litres of red diesel at a nature reserve in Bellaghy, South Derry. Daithí McKay said that the spillage is a potential environmental disaster.

Mr McKay said:

"What we are looking at today in Bellaghy is a potential environmental disaster in 'the Strand'. This area is well known for its wildlife especially some rare birds which stop here during migration.

"It is quite clear that there needs to be a higher priority on the protection of our environment especially nature reserves like this, and this again highlights the need for the establishment of an independent all-Ireland Environmental Protection Agency.

"The local community here in South Derry highly value their local environment and would very much support stronger safeguards for habitats such as this." ENDS

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