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Injunction against extension of planning permission for Shannon LNG

8 Sep

shannon-lng-696x532An environmental group has secured an injunction against a decision to extend planning permission to the Shannon LNG project in North Kerry. The High Court granted the injunction to Friends of the Irish Environment. In July, An Bórd Pleanála granted a five-year extension to planning permission granted for the proposed 500 million euro liquefied natural gas terminal. Planning was first granted for the development ten years ago.

Friends of the Irish Environment are seeking leave to apply for a judicial review of  An Bórd Pleanála’s decision to extend planning permission for the Shannon LNG natural gas terminal on the Tarbert-Ballylongford landbank. Yesterday, the High Court granted the environmental group an injunction. There’ll be a full hearing on October 4th when the environmental group will submit an application for a judicial review of the planning decision.

The Safety Before LNG group has praised Friends of the Irish Environment and says shipped fracked gas from the United States would have a disastrous effect on the climate. However, Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil says gas energy is the cleanest of the fossil fuels and the terminal is needed to help reduce the country’s dependence on oil and coal.

If the project goes ahead, it could create 400 construction jobs as well as 100 permanent positions when operational. Two weeks ago, it emerged that US company New Fortress Energy had entered an agreement to progress the project, with the expectation that the facility will begin operations at the end of 2020.


Another landslide hits North Kerry

4 Sep

Another landslide has hit North Kerry – less than a fortnight after a major bogslide blocked roads and wiped-out fish stocks causing an estimated €500,000 damage. Heavy rain overnight on Tuesday is being blamed for what county officials are calling a “minor soil slippage” of several tons of peat in the Maughhanknockane area of the north Kerry mountains, near Listowel, at about noon yesterday.

However, unlike the devastating landslide on August 22 that turned the Rivers Feale and Smearlagh into torrents of liquified peat, Kerry Co Council engineers believe that the latest incident was more the dislocation of peat that was already heaped up from the previous landslide and not a new movement of bogland. Engineers remained on scene yesterday to investigate the cause of the slide, which took place between the Harris and Scanlon bridges over the Glashoreag River, sending some of the peat into the river.

“Our initial assessments suggest this is loosened peat, left up on the banks of the river after the initial slide. The bog itself appears not to have moved,” a council spokesman said. The slide led to the closure of the local Raemore to Kilduff road for the second time. access to local homes was not affected. Council workers and machinery were clearing the road last night and digging channels to relieve the Glashoreag River, an important spawning and nursery river for trout and salmon stocks which were devastated after the first landslide.

Boil water notice in place following bogslide is lifted

28 Aug

The boil water notice in place since last Saturday has been lifted for the Lyrecrompane area. Residents were advised to boil tap water following a massive bogslide at Kielduff. Bridges were engulfed, roads blocked and access to houses was cut off by the slide which crept for up to four kilometers. In the aftermath of the devastating slide, the water supply of up to 25,000 residents was compromised. Since then, water supplies have been returned to users of the Dromin Resevoir, however Kerry County Council has had to seek an alternative water source for the remaining residents affected.

Kerry County Council investigates collapse of bridge

2 Feb

Kerry County Council is investigating the collapse of a bridge in Lixnaw. Part of the bridge at Ballinagar collapsed shortly before lunch when a truck carrying pigs was traveling across it. The container attached to the lorry detached itself from the truck.

Garda and Kerry County Council officials are at the scene and attempts are currently being made to lift the vehicle. Weight restrictions are in place on the bridge which was put in place in 1993. Padraig Corkery of Kerry County Council says the structure was inspected before Christmas and that an investigation in now underway to determine the cause of the collapse.

Linky: Daily News from Kerry