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# peat extraction

This year
Opinion: Bord na Móna's former Derrinlough briquette factory should be preserved, not sold
Dr Patrick Bresnihan and Emma Gilleece argue for the halt of the sale of the long-running briquette plant in the Midlands.
Last year
Commission warns Ireland over ‘stalled’ action to halt extraction in protected peatlands
The State has two months to act or potentially face legal action before the European Court of Justice.
Peat’s Sake: Leading company under EPA spotlight for potential unlicensed extraction
Noteworthy investigation reveals Klasmann-Deilmann Ireland is one of a dozen large-scale peat extractors currently being investigated by the environmental watchdog.
The Irish branch of peat giant Klasmann-Deilmann is being investigated by the EPA in relation to peat extraction in the Midlands, writes Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent
In June 2021, the EPA warned Klasmann it was of the view that the company was committing a serious and ongoing breach of EU environmental law
Almost a dozen other large-scale peat extractors are also under investigation by the environmental watchdog
Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line
Historic problems revealed in crackdown on extraction without planning permission and EPA licensing.
Historic problems in enforcement of large-scale peat extraction in Ireland has led to the loss of precious bog, writes Niall Sargent
Noteworthy investigates the case of Harte Peat found to be operating in breach of EU law
12 other peat extractors are now also subject to ongoing EPA enforcement action
High Court orders peat company to halt unauthorised extraction in Midlands
Environmental Protection Agency brought injunction proceedings against Harte Peat Ltd.
Calls to allow commercial peat harvesting but expert says it would be a 'bad step' for climate
TDs Carol Nolan and Charlie Flanagan have said the government should look at the ban in light of energy insecurity issues.
EPA to investigate complaint about State response to peat extraction on protected bogs
The move from the environmental watchdog comes in response to a complaint from an environmental NGO about illegal cutting.
EPA ‘kicked the stool’ from under peat company seeking extraction licence, High Court hears
Harte Peat Ltd is seeking to overturn the EPA’s refusal to examine its applications for a licence it made in 2019.
Horticultural peat unlawfully removed ‘much like rock from a quarry’, High Court hears
Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.
Unlicensed peat extraction causing ‘irreversible’ environmental damage, High Court told
Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.
All time
New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law
The Bill, fast-tracked by Fine Gael and Fianna Fail senators, would remove the need for planning permission to extract peat for horticultural sector use.
Legal experts argue that new peat legislation disregards strict EU environmental law, writes Niall Sargent as part of Noteworthy investigation of peat extraction
Bill would give planning exemption to peat extraction for horticulture and pause any ongoing enforcement action until at least 2026
Peatland experts are also concerned the Bill is ' not compatible' with our climate action goals
Ireland exporting 11 times more peat than it imports - amid horticulture supply fears
A report by
Niall Sargent
Analysis from Noteworthy shows 500,000 tonnes of peat products exported so far this year amid supply concerns for the domestic market.
500,000 tonnes of peat products exported so far this year amid supply concerns for domestic horticulture market, writes Niall Sargent as part of new Noteworthy investigation
Global trade reports show Irish peat exported to mushroom industry as recently as this month
State confirms exports did not fall under remit of working group examining peat use in horticulture