On Sunday afternoon, I was out in the garden and noticed a nice little aircraft flying low overhead but didn't think anything of it until i spotted a notice in the back of today's Enniscorthy Echo regarding a Low flying airborne survey over Wexford and Wicklow by a group named Hendrick Resources which immediately set alarm bells ringing. Well, here it is their home page.
An international group who will probably claim to have Irish interests at heart and who could be, as their page suggests potentially carrying out "geological prospecting, geochemical sampling, ground geophysical surveying and diamond drilling". Also Note the last line "Each phase of work would be completed with the agreement of any landowners/stakeholders that may be affected."
Their map shows the route flying directly along the Blackstairs and the hinterland to the east.
Would love to know how people feel about this. I really can't see this being a good thing. Imagine the visual effects on the landscape around the Blackstairs and the possible effect it could have on the water table, major water courses and also air quality.