SEVERAL hundred anti-fracking activists staged a protest tonight (July 21) at the site that fracking company Tamboran has announced it is to drill a scientific borehole.
The company confirmed today, July 21, that they intend to drill a scientific borehole to collect rock samples at a site in Belcoo.
The company has said that at this point, no ‘fracking’ will take place.
In 2011 Tamboran was granted a Petroleum Licence for an initial five year period from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to explore for natural gas in County Fermanagh.
The collection of rock samples (core) is a key requirement of the work programme set out by Government within the licence and the company said it is determined to meet its obligations in full.
The company plans to carry out the work by September 30, hoping to commence drilling operations in late August.
The rock samples will be analysed to help confirm the presence of a natural gas source in County Fermanagh. This will enable the company to determine if it will be possible to extract the gas at a much later date, subject to full planning approval.
Protesters staged their protest tonight at the site in Belcoo, from 7pm.
See Wednesday July 23 for full reaction and below for a short video of the protest:
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