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Foynes Port Rejects Warnings About Shannon Water Extraction

9th November 2016
Foynes Port say they were satisfied proposed Shannon-Dublin pipeline would not “materially impact” dock operations. Above at the mid-west port is former Irish Lights tender Puffin (originally based at their east coast HQ in Dun Laoghaire Harbour) and a berthed bulker the Foxtrott Foynes Port say they were satisfied proposed Shannon-Dublin pipeline would not “materially impact” dock operations. Above at the mid-west port is former Irish Lights tender Puffin (originally based at their east coast HQ in Dun Laoghaire Harbour) and a berthed bulker the Foxtrott Photo: JEHAN ASHMORE

#ShannonWater - Plans for a pipeline by Irish Water to Dublin are no threat to activities says Shannon Foynes Port Company.

The mid-west port writes The Irish Times, has rejected warnings that Irish Water’s planned extraction of water from the river Shannon for Dublin homes and business could hit operations at Limerick port.

Campaigners against the proposed pipeline said it believed Irish Water’s plan to take out 330 million litres a day from the Shannon could lower water levels at the mouth of the river.

“If there isn’t sufficient strength of speed and flow – that is, if there is less water – the shipping channels will silt up and ships will not reach Limerick port. That would be a massive economic blow,” said Gerry Siney of the River Shannon Protection Alliance.

Port authorities said they were satisfied the pipeline would not “materially impact” dock operations at the facility, which relies on deep-water channels for much of its traffic.

Mr Siney described the plan as “ludicrous”, adding: “This really doesn’t stand up environmentally, economically and socially.”

For more the newspaper has a report here.

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