€2m Midlands Geological Survey Announced

A €2m geological survey of the north midlands area has been given the go ahead by the Department of Energy and Natural Resources.

The 'Tellus North Midlands' project will include surveys of counties Galway, Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath and builds on the work of the 'Tellus Border' project of 2011/-13, which mapped the geo-environmental characteristics of the border counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The project will be led by the Geological Survey of Ireland and will take place this summer/autumn.

Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh said: "Significant benefits have been already been realised in the border region from the Tellus Border project, not least an estimated €1.4 million inward investment into the border economy from mineral exploration activity. Other factors such as improved information for assessing radon risk, data to enable better environmental management, and enhance agricultural productivity, are all highly relevant in terms economic and environmental impact.

"Based on this very strong feedback, we are best placed to assess the full potential for the extension of Tellus across other regions of Ireland. We very much anticipate that the value of this latest project will be reinvested in the north midlands region on a long-term basis."

Koen Verbruggen, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland, said: "The highly successful cross-border partnerships on the EU-funded Tellus Border project form the bedrock for this next phase of surveying. I’m delighted that the Geological Survey of Ireland now has the opportunity to extend the Tellus surveying southwards and into the midlands."


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