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Anti-frackers on red alert at reports of start of drilling

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A LOCAL anti-fracking group has called a gathering of activists across the county and beyond to discuss plans of action.

The move comes after it was reported in the media that initial drilling was to begin in west Fermanagh in the coming weeks.

There are fears that the controversial shale gas extraction method could negatively effect the environment and tourism here.

However, the company behind gas exploration here, Tamboran, feel that there will be economic gain for the area, including job creation, and that they will be working towards minimising social environment impacts.


Spokesman for the group, Claire Falconer, indicated that the move would be challenged by local activists concerned that it represents the company getting feet on the ground.

She said: “Following media coverage suggesting that initial drilling is to be initiated in the next few weeks by Tamboran in Fermanagh, Ban Fracking Fermanagh has organised a gathering of activists from across Ireland to discuss next steps.

“It must be remembered that despite the huge fears and concerns that Fracking has engendered in the local community, Tamboran have not yet met with the local affected communities. They have refused to enter into any debates with campaign groups.

“Ban Fracking Fermanagh have organised this cross-border meeting of activists to discuss a future strategy to combat this threat at the Railway Hotel, Enniskillen on Saturday December 7 at 3pm.

“The meeting will discuss the need for action by public representatives and others to prevent Tamboran from proceeding with any ground operations.

“The meeting is open to organisations and members of the public, North and South.”

The fight to ban fracking in Fermanagh continues.

The bill will be debated in the new year.

Local anti frackers react to suggestion made by UK prime minister, Theresa May


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