Notice has been given by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources of the intention to grant prospecting licences in Leitrim and Roscommon.
The Minister said there are minerals not being worked in many townlands in Leitrim and he intends to grant prospecting licences for base metals, barytes, silver and gold to Erris Resources from London.
A number of townlands in the county have been identified for mineral exploration, the majority are located within the Drumshanbo area, with others in Kiltogehert and Mohill. The licence will also cover “the enclosed waters of the River Shannon, Lough Allen and Lough Nagalliagh.”
The townlands notified for Roscommon are enclosed around the Boyle area.
Maps showing the areas are available to view at Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Stations, Leitrim and Roscommon County Council.
A prospecting licence entitles Erris Resources to explore for mineral deposits and does not allow any mining. The notice says the actions allowed under the licence are “non-invasive and of minimal environmental impact.”
Objections to the licences should be made within 21 days of the notice. More details are available from the Exploration and Mining Division at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and at www.dcenr.gov.ie.
Last year, Lundin Mining Exploration told the Leitrim Observer that the Cloone/ Mohill area was “under explored” and the company expected to be drilling for zinc form many years within the county as part of an exploration into the minerals underground.
Lundin Mining had told the paper in May 2012, “The whole Lakelands Block is under explored, so we are likely to be working in the county for a few more years.”
They had been drilling since 2011 and had 16 contiguous Prospecting Licences (Pls) in counties Leitrim, Cavan and Longford.