ALMOST 200 people attended a public meeting in Tattyreagh on Monday night to highlight concerns about plans for an animal incineration plant in the area.
Planning approval is being sought by Erne Gas Ltd for the facility which could operate 24-7 and have the capacity to process one-tonne of livestock per hour.
Among those in attendance at the meeting were representatives from Erne Gas and local politicians.
People living in the Edergole and Blackfort Roads are opposing the plan, amid concerns about its potential environmental impact. If given the go-ahead, the facility would have a 20 year lifespan.
At the start of the meeting, a slide presentation was given highlighting what was contained within the application.
A number of speakers also aired their views about the plans, including fears that it would incinerate animals from adjoining counties across the north-west, and the possible escape into the atmosphere of substances used in the incineration process.
Speaking following the meeting, West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP, Órfhlaith Begley said it was evident that local residents are opposed to the application.
“The proposed incinerator would undoubtedly have a detrimental impact on the lives of the local community and would not be in keeping with the rural character and nature of the area,” she said.
“There were numerous concerns raised at the meeting. Sinn Féin will join with the people of Tattyreagh and use all our political strength to oppose this application.”
West Tyrone MLA, Daniel McCrossan said there was an overwhelming consensus at the meeting to oppose the plan, especially in terms of public health, well-being and the environment.
“I have given the people of Tattyreagh my full support and the support of the SDLP in opposing this planning application,” he added.
Fermanagh and Omagh independent councillor, Sorcha McAnespy, appealed directly to the developer to withdrawn the application.
“It is absolutely ridiculous that this plan is being made and the extent of what is proposed has left people gobsmacked.
“This will be a commercial enterprise and is totally unsuitable for this rural area.”
Erne Gas has said the equipment used in the incinerator has been designed to meet all environmental regulations, will produce no visible smoke and that all flue emissions will be continuously monitored.
He explained, “This will service the local farming community as we are well aware of the increased cost to farmers. These plans will ensure affordable and efficient ways of dealing with animal waste management.”