Tamboran Resources will meet Fermanagh District Councillors at 7pm on Thursday, January 9 to discuss its plans for fracking in County Fermanagh.
Australian-based company Tamboran plans to build 60 six-acre fracking sites to extract shale gas from deep below the earth, firstly in West Fermanagh (in the hills around Garrison, Belcoo and Derrygonnelly).
The company want to begin test drilling in 2014 but have not yet confirmed the proposed location. They would then apply for planning permission and hope that fracking would begin in late 2015.
Last week The Impartial Reporter revealed that three sites were fracked in County Fermanagh in 2001: Knock Beg, Boho; Mullanawinna, Belcoo; and Slisgarrow, (Doagh Road) Garrison.
Tamboran’s Regional Director Tony Bazley will speak to Councillors at the Environmental Services Committee meeting on Thursday 9th at 7pm.
In correspondence with the Council’s Director of Regulatory Services Desmond Reid, Mr. Bazley said: “Currently we are looking at sites to carry out a single scientific borehole in order to get rock samples – that will happen, we hope, before the summer.”
He added: “It will not involve any hydraulic fracturing. Indeed, there will be no hydraulic fracturing of any sort until late 2015 at the earliest – it would follow a year of base line environmental monitoring and then time to gain planning permission.”
The Newtownards man (who is former Director of the the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland) added: “Even at that stage it would only involve a single small site and give the opportunity, for the first time, to see if the gas resource is adequate to support an industry.”
The meeting came about as a result of Tamboran e-mailing Chief Executive of Fermanagh District Council Brendan Hegarty, offering to make a presentation of its work and future plans to the Council.
Mr. Reid had requested a copy of the presentation Mr. Bazley gave to the Northern Ireland Energy Forum in November but Mr. Bazley sent Councillors a similar presentation he gave in Belfast on 6th Dec