Slurry spill causes massive fish kill in Tyrone rivers

Thu, 24/05/2018 - 21:31 -- Editor

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly has expressed concern at a huge fish kill in the Owenreagh River near Dromore in Co Tyrone.

The West Tyrone MLA said:

"I have spoken to the Loughs Agency who are on site. A slurry lagoon failed, releasing over 100,000 gallons into the Owenreagh River. Up to fifteen mile of river could be affected, including the Drumragh which is an important salmon river and the Strule. There is extensive damage and a huge number of fish killed between Dromore and Omagh.

“I understand the Loughs Agency are investigating and taking emergency remedial action by aerating the river but it could take years for the river to repair itself.

“It is important that a full investigation is undertaken to determine precisely what happened, so that this devastating environmental damage and fish kill can be avoided in the future."