Major slurry spill pollutes River Ballinderry near Cookstown


A slurry spillage of more than 400,000 gallons has polluted the River Ballinderry.

Three miles of river may have been affected after the slurry escaped from a farm in the Cookstown area.

The environmental impact has been assessed as high.

The source of the spill has been identified but will not be revealed as a Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) investigation is continuing.

“I am concerned that such a large amount of slurry has polluted the local environment here,” said Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.

“The important thing now is for the problem to be addressed quickly and professionally.”