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Pollution fears: Peat crashes into river after Donegal landslide  

Credit:  Caroline O'Doherty | Belfast Telegraph | November 17 2020 | www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk ~~

A landslide in Donegal is being classed as a “serious pollution event” after hundreds of thousands of tonnes of peat and forestry crashed down a hillside into a river.

Agencies from both sides of the border are working to discover the cause of the landslide at an area near Ballybofey that is planted with commercial forestry and is also the site of the Meenbog wind farm.

The landslide began last Thursday evening but the extent of it only became apparent over the weekend when peat began pouring into the Mournebeg River in Co Tyrone.

Jim Haughey of the Ulster Angling Federation said he had “serious concern about the impact” of the landslip on fish.

“It seems that the substantial fish farm on the river has been wiped out, and there are no serious concerns of a major fish kill on the Mourne Beg River and also on the River Derg into which it flows,” he said.

Meenbog wind farm is owned by Invis Energy which has a deal to provide power directly to Amazon.

“There is no risk to public health. We are working with the relevant authorities to fully address the matter,” it said.

Source:  Caroline O'Doherty | Belfast Telegraph | November 17 2020 | www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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