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Lough Neagh over metre above limit

An independent report on last winter’s floods has found that Lough Neagh was at its highest level since 1928, despite water levels being low prior to storms.

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Court gavel

Magherafelt farmer convicted of water pollution over 1.1km

A Magherafelt farmer has been fined £650 over pollution that led to the growth of a brown fungus on the entire bed of the 1.1km of affected water and had the potential to poison or harm fish.

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The High Court, Belfast

Court victory for Save our Sperrins over information on 'handling of Dalradian planning applications'

Residents opposed to a gold mine in the Tyrone village of Greencastle are celebrating a High Court tribunal victory on the disclosure of information around Dalradian Gold's 2013 planning applications.
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Sand extracted from Lough Neagh

High Court decision on Lough Neagh sand extraction 'a major blow'

An environmental group that lodged a High Court bid to stop sand extraction has said a decision allowing it continue until an appeal is heard was 'a major blow to the environment'.

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Dalradian Gold held a consultation at their Camcosy Road site

MLA calls for public inquiry on Greencastle gold mine

The Infrastructure Minister has been asked to hold a public inquiry into plans for a gold mine in Greencastle by party colleague and MLA for West Tyrone, Declan McAleer.

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Tyrone business fined for water pollution 'harmful to fish'

A county Tyrone business has been fined £2,000 for polluting a water way with "suspended solids greater than 87 times the consented limit".

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A number of buzzards have been killed.

Over 40 birds of prey illegally killed

Over 40 birds of prey have been illegally killed in Northern Ireland over the five years up to the start of 2015, a new report has found.

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Friends of the Earth fail to halt sand dredging from Lough Neagh

UPDATE: Sand Traders and Shaftesbury Estate welcome court ruling on sand dredging

Lough Neagh Sand Traders and the Shaftesbury Estate have welcomed the fact that the court has recognised that they have acted lawfully and that they are following proper procedure.
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Seamus Heaney

Man ‘jubilant’ after winning permission to challenge A6 upgrade

An environmentalist has won High Court permission to challenge a planned new £160 million road being built through landscape made famous by poet Seamus Heaney.

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Scramblers investigated by police

Scramblers causing a nuisance at Inniscarn beauty spot

Scramblers are causing a nuisance in the picturesque Inniscarn Forest in the foothills of Slieve Gallion.

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The fish kill happened on a tributary of the Moyola River in Co Londonderry.

Probe continues into fish kill on river near Draperstown

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is continuing to assess the extent of damage caused by a pollution incident on a tributary of the Moyola River in Co Londonderry.

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The Rt. Reverend Dr Frank Sellar

Presbyterian moderator defends ‘toxic bonfire’ comments

The Presbyterian moderator has said people will thank him for “speaking the truth” after he branded bonfires a health hazard and a barrier to a more inclusive society.

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Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard

Hazzard grants £16,000 to assist Mid Ulster to develop greenways

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has allocated £16,000 to Mid Ulster District Council to take forward plans to develop local greenway paths.

Environment
Mountains of sand pictured on shore of Lough Neagh

Planning Appeals Commission give Lough Neagh sand traders second extension on Environmental Statement

Lough Neagh sand traders fighting an enforcement notice imposed by former Environment Minister Mark H Durkan have been given a second extension by the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) for the Environmental Assessment they must submit.

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Mid Ulsters Beaghmore Stone Circles

Millions awarded to protect Mid Ulster’s ancient landscape

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £2m to protect Mid Ulster and Tyrone’s ancient landscape in a new partnership scheme.

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Traffic congestion is now a common sight after the opening of the Magherafelt bypass

MLA holds public meeting on Moneymore's traffic problems

A public meeting is planned next Thursday to discuss Moneymore's traffic congestion.

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Anonymous Ireland

Hackers group targets media over Tyrone goldmine plans

The hackers group Anonymous Ireland appears to have stepped up its fight against a goldmine in Greencastle, Co Tyrone.

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Dalradian at work in Tyrone

PSNI and Dalradian clash on gold mine security costs

The PSNI and Dalradian Gold are understood to have called in lawyers after clashing on the issue of security costs at the latter’s Tyrone mine.

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Windfall for community projects in Swatragh area

£2.2m windfall for community projects in Swatragh area

A community benefit fund of £2,250,000 for community projects based within a seven kilometre radius of the Brockaghboy Wind Farm near Swatragh in County Londonderry, has been pledged by Brockaghboy Windfarm Ltd.
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Plastic bag charge

£400k for environmental projects from plastic bag levy

£400k has been made available for local environmental projects thanks to the charge for plastic bags.

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