The following is a letter which was sent to British MLA Nichola Mallon, deputy leader of the SDLP with the title of 'Infrastructure Minister'. Unsurprisingly no real response was received, just an automated reply designed to stonewall the issue at hand.
It is my understanding your intention is to hold a public inquiry into the proposed gold mine in the Sperrins and more specifically in the Greencastle area of County Tyrone!
Your Department is acutely aware of the concerns and objections of the local and surrounding communities, which are based on the environmental and immediate impact on the local community.
You are equally aware of the Company's proposal to have a processing plant, which uses dangerous substances, and this is causing serious concern to both the local and wider communities with particular concern for the waterway network right into the river Foyle. This includes the tributary system on route to the sea.
There is another consideration, however, that requires deep investigation and that is who owns the sovereign resources of Gold, Silver, Copper and other minerals in this area?
I contend these are sovereign resources of the Irish people and given there is an illegal sovereign claim by the British Government to this area, the ownership of the resource is in dispute.
I further contend the British Government, or anyone acting as a proxy on their behalf, do not have the authority to administer the sovereign resources of the Irish people. Therefore as a minister in Stormont the question arises, do you have any authority in administering over a sovereign resource in dispute?
Given that the issue of sovereignty is in dispute I submit that all proposals from the company Dalradian are stopped with immediate effect until the issue of sovereignty is established.
Therefore I ask you to give clarity on the ownership of sovereign resources in the affected area and further afield.
32 County Sovereignty Movement