Ballaghaderreen residents afraid of potential explosion from planned energy facility

Residents have raised fears that an explosion could occur in Ballaghaderreen if planning permission is granted for an energy facility.

Roscommon County Council is due decide whether to give the plan the go-ahead in a week’s time.

 

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In June, Low Carbon Storage applied for planning permission for a grid-system services facility on a one-and-a-half acre site at Ballyoughter, Ballaghaderreen.

It would include ten battery-storage containers, 20 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units and an electrical substation.

The purpose of the plant would to be take surplus energy from the electricity grid, store it and then put it back into the grid when required.

A strong objection has been lodged on behalf of up to 50 households, under the auspices of a committee called ‘Stop Ballaghaderreen Battery Storage Facility’.

Their main concerns are fire risk, noise pollution, environmental impact, devaluation of property and the impact the plant could have on tourism.

A detailed objection has also been filed by Mona and Anthony Connell, of Toobracken, Ballaghaderreen.

In their detailed submission, they claim the battery-storage units produce a lot of heat and so could go on fire or the chemicals cause an explosion.

The Connells say the area for development is near recently planted forestry lands and high-density housing.

They raise fears that if a fire occurred, fire engines mightn’t be able to gain access to the plant quickly and the blaze could spread to other areas.