THE Canadian company behind controversial proposals to mine for gold and silver outside Greencastle announced this week that it no longer plans to use cyanide in county Tyrone.
When Dalradian first confirmed its intentions to build a goldmine in Curraghinalt, the company’s proposed use of cyanide in the extraction process met with strong opposition from local residents, concerned about the potential impact on the environment.
But, in its statement this week, Dalradian has said that “no cyanide or smelting” will be used at its site in Greencastle.
“Instead, simplified processing will yield a partially refined product that will receive further treatment overseas,” a spokesperson for the company added.
Despite the latest moves by Dalradian, anti-goldmining campaigners have vowed to continue their protests against the proposals.
A statement released by the Greencastle People’s Office (GPO) said, “The community of Greencastle and surrounding areas are convinced that the mine project is inherently dangerous to health and is a disaster waiting to happen in the Sperrin mountains.”
For full coverage of the latest developments on the goldmine proposals, see this week’s Ulster Herald.