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The developer of a wind farm where a recent bogslide led to a major pollution incident in an important salmon river system has been carrying out emergency works to reduce the risks of further peat slippage.

These nearly completed works have stabilised the situation, according to the Loughs Agency, which adds that the working group established in the wake of the incident continues to meet.

The focus has now moved from a response phase to investigation, enforcement and planning for environmental restoration works, it says.

Officials from Donegal County Council and other agencies involved in the working group have inspected the site of the wind farm development on an ongoing basis since becoming aware of the incident.

The only works witnessed during these inspections have been those related to efforts prevent further slippage or mitigate the impacts of the initial bog slide, the Loughs Agency adds.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, local anglers in Donegal and Tyrone have feared that the incident — which saw tonnes of bogland slide into the River Derg system — made the waters uninhabitable for wild salmon.

Published in Angling

Anglers in Donegal and Tyrone fear a recent bogslide near Ballybofey has made an important salmon river uninhabitable for fish.

Footage of the peat slippage on Mourne Beg at the Donegal/Tyrone border, which went viral on social media over the weekend, shows some of the thousands of tonnes of bogland that slid into the River Derg system.

And according to BreakingNews.ie, a local angling representative said one dead fish had already been found ahead of more they expect to discover in the coming days.

The Loughs Agency said its staff are “evaluating the environmental effect” of the incident along with Donegal County Council and other agencies.

Published in Angling

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