Tuesday, September 01, 2009
The Ecological Implications Of Bureaucracy
Due to a landslide, the road from Glencomcille to Meenacross and Port in County Donegal is closed. It's not an entirely uncommon occurence in the area, as it is bogland and the bog tends to slide.
The people who live in the remote areas of Strabui and Kiltyfanned have been trapped for the past nine days. If landslides are not uncommon, and the county road crew was ready to clear the debris last week, why is 44,000 cubic metres of mud still sprawled across the road?
According to European Union regulations, before County Donegal can remove the debris and let their people go, they must first complete a study which details the ecological impact of removing said debris.
Professional conservationists must be called in to let the road crew know where to put the mud and to give their studied advice on how to move the mud. There's habitat to protect, and the EU doesn't want someone doing something that would harm an ecologically sensitive area just because some people would like to have access to a road.
If they are in need of supplies, surely there's helicopters to drop things like food or silage for the animals. Perhaps An Post could rent a small plane to deliver the mail.
Should anyone in the affected area suffer an unfortunate accident, they can die happy, with the knowledge that the sensitive ecological habitat at the foot of Sliabh Tooey was saved, even though they weren't.
And the politicians in Dublin wonder why anyone would vote no on the newest edition of the Lisbon Treaty.