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Widespread shock and concern in Dromore, following slurry incident - Campbell

Published: 24 May, 2018

Cllr Campbell spoke of the devastation being felt by many, particularly those from the growing fishing fraternity.

Cllr Campbell spoke of the devastation being felt by many, particularly those from the growing fishing fraternity.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has spoken of widespread shock and concern in Dromore, following an incident that has resulted in the release of over 100,000 gallons of slurry into the local Owenreagh River.

Cllr Campbell said,

"Whilst the full details of this incident are yet to emerge, it is my understanding that a slurry lagoon has failed and this has resulted in over 100,000 gallons of slurry being released into the Owenreagh River in Dromore. This is obviously a very serious incident and the Loughs Agency are currently conducting an investigation.

"I have spoken to the Lough Agency this evening and it will obviously take some time to fully quantify the impact of this incident. I have also spoken to local people who have expressed their concerns. Whilst this is likely to have a huge impact on the affected rivers and fish, it could also have a knock on affect on the whole ecosystem.

Cllr Campbell spoke of the devastation being felt by many, particularly those from the growing fishing fraternity.

"I have spoken to a number of local fishermen who are devastated to learn of this incident. Some had been fishing on the river in recent days and they have expressed concerns that this will have far reaching and devastating consequences for otters with young pups, kingfishers, grey wagtails and other birds with young chick, eels and all kinds of fish in the affected rivers.

Concluding Cllr Campbell said,

"I know that Loughs Agency staff have been on the ground and they are doing everything they can under these circumstance and I would commend them for their swift response." ENDS