Yet another huge Fish Kill from Slurry!

Discussion in 'Holistic Farming' started by Ptarmigan, May 26, 2018.

  1. Ptarmigan

    Ptarmigan Member

    Why oh why do we see this happening ... every year?

    Do farmers need to start serving a prison sentence, before we see an end to this regular pollution?

    "Up to fifteen mile of river could be affected, including the Drumragh which is an important salmon river and the Strule. There is extensive damage and a huge number of fish killed between Dromore and Omagh.

    Major pollution incident sees 100,000 gallons of slurry released into Northern Ireland river!

    Fish kill on River Drumragh, Omagh, Co Tyrone, NI:

  2. RobFZS

    RobFZS Member

    100k gallons is more of a cockup than done on purpose, not sure what jail will do either? putting someone in the pokey for a couple years wont pay for a slurry store.
  3. Ptarmigan

    Ptarmigan Member

    Oh I'm sure it wasn't done on purpose, but gross negligence like this which results in an environmental disaster, surely needs to be severely punished to deter others from being so lackadaisical when they are responsible for looking after our countryside.
  4. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    East Sussex
    Gross negligence? Perhaps it was an accident :scratchhead:
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  5. awkward

    awkward Member

    kerry ireland
    I'm afraid more sewage is discharged leagely daily than accidental discharges from farming. not to mention industry . however no responsible farmer wants to see environmental damage .
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  6. Ptarmigan

    Ptarmigan Member

  7. that's fudgeed up
    agriculture is destroying the planet & ruining our health
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  8. Dry Rot

    Dry Rot Member

    Ptarmigan is our resident farmer basher. He trolls the Internet searching for news like this.

    Do not feed the trolls. He and his pal got a good trouncing on the raven cull thread when he asked for evidence of damage caused by ravens -- and got more than he bargained for!
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  9. mikep

    mikep Member

    Yeah I was thinking that over dinner yesterday:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
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  10. MF565

    MF565 Member

  11. Dry Rot

    Dry Rot Member

    Oh, for goodness sake! You should know the OP doesn't let the facts get in the way of a good anti-farmer story! Use your imagination, like he does!;)

    The report even names the suspect. It's Major Fishkill, the dairy farmer.:)
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  12. Ptarmigan

    Ptarmigan Member

  13. Dry Rot

    Dry Rot Member

    Can't find the report again, but it was stated that the biggest offenders in river pollution are local councils discharging sewage and ignoring regulations.

    Note that the above report states, "...possibly herbicide or pesticide". So they don't actually know the cause, do they?
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  14. Ptarmigan

    Ptarmigan Member

    I notice that they did manage to identify the source of the slurry which caused all the fish death on the river in Tyrone, but no mention of whether any prosecutions will follow.

    Loughs Agency identifies source of slurry spill into Co Tyrone river.

    As for the Armagh Fish Kill MF565 this report states that it was ~ "blamed on pollution from farm waste."

    Bessbrook fish kill blamed on farm waste pollution!

    In this article they speak of one farmer who was ~ fined £7,000 and got a suspended jail sentence. ... but, given that these incidents / accidents occur far too frequently, perhaps it's time that these sentences became much more severe.
  15. Ptarmigan

    Ptarmigan Member

  16. Dry Rot

    Dry Rot Member

    Read a report somewhere else that the majority of pollution incidents are caused by councils who ignore guidelines and release human sewage into rivers at inappropriate times and conditions. As I am not into council bashing, I didn't make a note of the URL. But hey ho!

    However, I did make a note not to permit the RSPB and other self appointed snoopers and farmer bashers onto my land as they are just out to score points, not to protect birds.
  17. Ffermer Bach

    Ffermer Bach Member

    I am guessing there is also a lot of pollution of the water system from run off from roads, salt among other things (without thinking of particle pollution brake dust and wear from tyres as well as engine emissions), but no one ever worries about road pollution because we all like to drive our cars!
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  18. Fallowfield

    Fallowfield Member

    Are we to assume that you no longer live in Scotland?
  19. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    East Sussex
    I think half the reason rivers don’t get dredged is because the spoil is hazardous waste and they don’t know what to do with it.
  20. melted welly

    melted welly Member

    There's something in that. I've noticed that after cold dry spells in winter where there's been a lot of salt spread, if we then get heavy rain, the run off from the main road foams in the waterways to the extent that I've walked the stream to find where it's come from as it looks like fairy liquid. Assume it's the same as the spume you see on the coastline.

    As an aside in 2010 (memory???) during the very cold winter, some local authorities ran low on salt and were trying to buy urea to spread instead..........
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