Study confirms fracking would devastate county

FRACKING in Fermanagh would see an unprecedented “industrial revolution” that would transform large swathes of the county’s farmland for industrial use in just five years, cost the county hundreds of millions, and would “despoil” the local landscape. That’s the stark conclusion of a new study into the impact of fracking in Fermanagh, commissioned by the local […]

Fracking research to continue despite opposition

DESPITE the strong local opposition to fracking in Fermanagh being repeated time and time again, Economy Minister Diane Dodds appears intent on continuing with “research” on the practice here in the county. As reported in the Herald last week, the consultancy firm hired by the Department of the Economy to carry out the research into […]

DUP abstains from Council motion opposing fracking

LOCAL DUP councillors have abstained from a motion which sought clarification as to why a consultancy firm hired by the Minister for Economy Diane Dodds, has not given priority consideration to environment and public health in its research. The motion, which was tabled by the SDLP’s John Coyle at the April Fermanagh and Omagh District […]

Anti-fracking group questions council’s transparency

THE Council has come under fire for holding meetings on fracking behind closed doors. In a statement, the Council said it recently held an informal meeting with fracking consultancy firm Hatch Regeneris, where “members unequivocally stated their opposition to unconventional hydrocarbon extraction (fracking).” Anti-fracking group, Belcoo Frack Free, have questioned the decision to hold an […]

Protesters not sold on change of tack by mining company

NEWS the company hoping to drill for gas in Fermanagh has removed the ‘fracking’ element of its exploration licence application has been met with suspicion locally. However, the strong opposition shown in the Assembly last week to the issuing of any such licences has been warmly welcomed. Last week Finance Minister Diane Dodds, who had […]

Fracking company accused of stepping up charm offensive

PLANS to start fracking in Fermanagh appear to have moved up a gear, with the gas company behind the controversy significantly increasing its online presence. Tamboran Resources Ltd have began a social media campaign, tweeting under the handle ‘@FermanaghGas’. The account outlines what they say are the benefits of gas exploration in Fermanagh, a practice […]