FUEL RACKETEERS STRIKE AGAIN

12 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

CONCERNED residents on the Co. Monaghan side of the Border have renewed a call this week to individuals who may be aware of the location of illicit fuel laundering plants to report them to the authorities, after the further dumping of a consignment of toxic diesel sludge, early on Tuesday on a roadway near Castleblayney.

Emergency services were called after two containers of sludge were found on the Castleblayney-Keady Road at Killygola, about two miles from Castleblayney.

The dumping occurred less than a mile from the South Armagh border with Keady.
While one of the containers was leaking, none of the effluent had entered any local water sources or farmland, before it was speedily removed by a Monaghan County Council environmental crew.

A garda spokesman said the toxic substance was dumped in “a very reckless manner” with no regard for the possible impact on any nearby water sources or farmland.

It is believed the containers containing the sludge were thrown off a truck, at speed, during the night.

It was the latest illicit dumping of diesel sludge on roads in Co. Monaghan during the past year.
The Irish Farmers Association in Co. Monaghan, and Ulster Farmers Union in the North, have both also repeatedly appealed for community action to eliminate the huge fuel laundering operation along the border, which apart from posing a serious environmental hazard, is costing millions in revenue losses and also believed to be causing damage to the pumping mechanism of some diesel engines.

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