Project to help sustain natural resources launched in border counties

The first phase of a groundbreaking geological project which will provide vitally important data to help sustain and manage Ireland’s natural resources has been launched by Minister Pat Rabbitte.

The Tellus Border Project  is being carried out in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth.

This Tellus Border surveys will include airborne data collection along with on-the-ground soil and water sampling. They will start this summer and will be phased throughout the next two years.

The data will be used by a number of sectors including those responsible for environmental and earth resource management, planning and mineral exploration.

It's intended that the data gathered in Donegal and the other five counties will be analysed in the context of existing data from the Tellus Project, which ran from 2004-2007 throughout Northern Ireland, with supporters saying it should ensure the continued delivery of benefits to the wider region.

Minister Pat Rabbitte says this is a highly significant project, conducted by world class experts in this field, which will provide crucial baseline information to ensure the sustainable use of Ireland’s natural resources.”

Tellus is being coordinated by the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland.