for Sunday Herald, 17 December 2000
A 5.5 million dollar deal between WWF, one of the world's leading environmental organisations, and the French mining giant, Lafarge Redland, is threatened by a bitter dispute over the proposed superquarry on Harris.
Lafarge's refusal to give up plans to dig up a mountain at Lingerbay at the south of the island has so angered WWF internationally that it is planning to review its relationship with the company. Lafarge has promised to give WWF 1.1 million dollars a year for the next five years to help restore natural forests around the world.
On Friday Lafarge shocked environmentalists by announcing that it was appealing against the Scottish Executive's decision to refuse planning permission for the superquarry. The Environment Minister, Sam Galbraith, rejected the company's nine-year-old application last month because it would destroy a beautiful and protected landscape.