Knocknacran-Drumgossat Residents Forum Update – 11 April 2019
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment confirmed that it had received the report and it was currently being considered by Wardell Armstrong, consultants engaged by the DCCAE, together with analysis and modelling detail from the investigation. The DCAE’s verification process will be completed over the coming weeks and the results issued to Monaghan County Council.
Pat O’Connor, Operations Director, Gyproc Ireland Ltd., presented on Gyproc’s water discharges the river Bursk since October 2018, stating that the company would submit a Water Management Plan to the Environmental Protection Agency by the end of the week and also intend to seek an EPA licence review application in May 2019, which will propose a new water discharge point. Pat O’Connor also delivered a presentation detailing the historical sinkhole occurrences over the Drumgossat mine.
Monaghan County Council confirmed that no decision can be made on the reopening of the LP4900 until after the investigation process was complete. The Council had requested funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to restore roads in the vicinity of the mine and the DTTAS Inspector had visited the LP4900 again. The Council is in discussions with Gyproc Ireland Ltd. regarding its costs relating to road closures and restoration works.
The next meeting of the Residents Forum is scheduled for 29 April 2019
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