Published Monday, 21 July 2014
A shale fracking plant in Lancashire. (© Getty)
Tamboran Resources plans to drill the borehole to collect rock samples, which would take approximately 30 days to complete.
The company has said it is the first stage of exploration for natural gas in Fermanagh, the result of which will determine whether they will go to the second stage.
Quarry owners Acheson & Glover said in a statement that their site near Belcoo is enclosed and the project would have "limited visual impact for the local area and its residents".
"This project will involve no fracking and will be for fact finding purposes only," a statement said.
Commenting on the notification, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said no planning application for fracking was made and that under planning rules, this type of exploratory drilling may fall under 'permitted development'.
"I have been consistently clear on this issue: granting permissions relating to fracking operations will only take place when it has been supported by very strong evidence which indicates that fracking is safe for public health and the environment," Minister Durkan said.
He said a full "screening" process under the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations will be required to ensure that there is no potential for significant environmental impact.
"If any aspect of this development is likely to have a significant environmental impact, permitted development rights will not apply," Minister Durkan continued.
"I have instructed officials to consider carefully whether or not these rights apply and I will make a statement about the Department's decision in due course."
Local people held a protest on Monday evening against the installation of the drilling equipment.
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