Fracking firm plans to drill borehole

Published Monday, 21 July 2014
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A fracking company has notified the Department of Environment of its intention to drill an exploratory borehole in Fermanagh.

Fracking firm plans to drill borehole
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.

© UTV News
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23 Comments
stephanie in beside the "fracking" quarry wrote (55 days ago):
Fracking has to be stopped and ppl are protesting everyday at the quarry gates from 7pm! Everyone is welcome all day everyday and there are toilets and a place 4 ppl to camp out if coming a long distance. The more ppl we can get to protest the better chance we have of stopping them!
peter in derry wrote (57 days ago):
These big companies will do anything to get at these resources, the guy who owns the quarry is peob getting a big payday just for them to examine the site. These company will end up running rings around our politicians and I don't think it would be hard to run rings around durkan. If u think for two seconds that this drilling will not harm the land and water then think again!!!! Energy companies lie through there teeth all the time to get wat they want!!! The guy may own the quarry and may have the right to do at will with his own land but he should not forget that it is the land around that will be affected. Ppl should stand up and fight against this!!
martin in belfast wrote (57 days ago):
Fracking isn't safe or clean, I'd like to know where 'pro fracking' posters get their facts? probably from the fracking companies! This is an environmental bomb waiting to explode. Stop this at all costs, there are plenty of cheaper cleaner alternatives available.
Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (57 days ago):
@D in Belfast when did you have that vote? Most people I talk to once they have investigated the matter a little are in favour of fracking. The majority of the anti fracking people I have met are unable to describe or explain the process to me. They are against it but do not know what it is or how it is done.
James in Portavoe. ..Groomsport. wrote (58 days ago):
To Co.Derry Anti Fracking lobby. ...Fracking will be the Goose that LAYS The Golden Egg.
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