Will gas cavern discharge affect skate ?

gas-cavern objectionMARINE Conservation NI has listed 13 reasons why it is bitterly opposed to plans that would see vast amounts of highly concentrated brine pumped into the sea near Islandmagee.

While planning permission for a proposed £400m natural gas storage facility at Larne Lough has been approved by Environment Minister Alex Attwood, developers Islandmagee Storage Limited (IMSL) are still awaiting approval for a marine construction licence, abstraction licence and discharge consent.

The discharge consent relates to the pumping of brine – a by-product of the creation of underground storage caverns a mile beneath the lough – into the sea 450m off Port Muck.

It is understood that the rate of the brine discharge will be about one million litres an hour over a four year period.

Marine Conservation NI has submitted a detailed letter of objection to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) regarding the application, and the Larne Times has seen a copy of the three-page document.

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