Marine Harvest to remove controversial pipeline
Connemara Journal — September 9, 2014
By Aoife Ní Dhálaigh
Marine Harvest Ireland has announced today (Tuesday) that it is in the process of removing the controversial pipeline used to extract water from the Carna-Kilkieran Water Supply Scheme.
It is estimated that the temporary pipeline will be removed in full by Wednesday, September 10.
The temporary pipeline was installed in June without planning permission. Marine Havest then applied to Galway County Council for a Declaration of Exempted Development under Section 5 of the planning act, arguing that the pipeline did not require planning permission.
Marine Harvest stated that the pipeline needed to be constructed urgently because of an outbreak of Amoebic Gill Disease that threatened €20million worth of salmon stocks in the Cill Chiaráin farm.
In July, the council found that the pipeline ‘does not constitute exempted development’ and referred the matter to the planning enforcement department.
A statement from Marine Harvest Ireland says that the company ‘is continuing to engage with Galway County Council on required planning consents’.