Although mining is a new industry in Co.Tyrone, modern mines can be found throughout Europe- including close to home in both Ireland and Britain.
Mining exists safely alongside communities, and you don’t have to look far to find an example. Just 85 miles from Omagh is the Tara Mine which lies on the edge of Navan, the county town of Meath.
This mine has been operating safely and successfully since the 1970s. It operates less than 100m from its nearest neighbour. It has a workforce of around 1,000 in addition to many more indirect and induced jobs.
The mine, Europe’s largest zinc and lead mine, uses processes similar to those proposed by Dalradian.
No two mines are the same, but as Navan’s example demonstrates, mining can not only provide direct economic benefits, it can also co-exist successfully with people and activities such as angling and farming which rely upon a pristine environment.