Take action – letter to mr. Durkan and Planning Office

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Below three template letters to be sent to Mr. Durkan and the Planning Office
letter 1: source The gasman cometh
letter 2. source Facebook No to Fracking Northern Ireland
letter 3: source: fracking ireland google groups

Letter 1 and 2 sent to:
markh.durkan@mla.niassembly.gov.uk;mhdurkan@sdlp.ie;private.office@doeni.gov.uk; information@detini.gov.uk;arlene@arlenefoster.org.uk;
arlene.foster@MLA.niassembly.gov.uk;stephen.hamilton@doeni.gov.uk; planning@doeni.gov.uk;

letter 3: to: enniskillen.planning@doeni.gov.uk

LETTER ONEletter the gasman comethLETTER ONE : doe_eia_required_noref


Source: Facebook No to Fracking Northern Ireland

Below you will find a template letter addressed to Minister Mark H Durkan, the Minister for the Environment.
It is crucial that people contact him and ask that this is given serious consideration. This could stop Tamboran in its tracks. Please send your letter (do change the wording for example if you live nearby add that in, personal statements and stories are much more effective) and then pass this along and get as many people as you can to do likewise. Minister Mark H Durkan needs to know he is making this decision on behalf to the wishes of many, many people. This action is far more likely to work when its multiplied many times.

(We have also included contact info for Planning and DETI as it is important to make sure all involved are fully aware of this information, address’s have also been for those who would like to send a letter)


Dear Minister Durkan
I appreciate the pressure you are under as a politician and that this is one of many issues being currently managed within your department.
I implore you Mark, to follow in the footsteps of other great leaders within your party who took difficult decisions, despite the personal and political costs.
This is your one great opportunity to protect the future of NI and to go down in the history books as the man who had the courage to take a stand and to stop unconventional development before it was too late. In reaching out your hand to protect and safeguard, you have the ability to set the precedent on both sides of the border.

I welcome your commitment last week to be “rigorous and definitive” in assessing the notification by Tamboran Resources Pty Ltd to carry out exploratory drilling at Belcoo. I am hopeful that you will give this letter the serious consideration it deserves.

In this regard, I understand there are now a number of options available to you that I ask to be considered:

1. Your assessment of the EIA determination must be positive (and therefore planning permission is required) on the basis that significant impacts on the environment are likely. This is because of (a) previous significant impacts in earlier developments in the wider quarry complex and the cumulative impacts that need to be considered with this new proposed activity (b) the complex hydrology of the site and the serious risk of contamination to surface and groundwater (c) the need to establish baseline data in an EIA particularly as a result of unauthorised retrospective development on the site and intensification of activity over the last decade (d) the outstanding environmental information has yet to be provided to inform hydrogeological assessments, impacts on fauna and a Habitats Regulations Assessment for the two unapproved applications. Indeed, Acheson and Glover in their submission letter for the two concurrent planning applications (L/2013/0524/F and L/2013/0525/F) on 23 September 2013 have admitted “there have been significant environmental impacts” and a previous EIA is in existence for the wider quarry complex.

2. Issue an Article 4 or Article 6 direction (General Development Order 1993) that withdraws permitted development rights in the interests of local amenity and the sensitive hydrology of the site and recognising that permitted development is only meant to apply to minor and non-contentious developments.

3. As a burn flows from this site to the Republic of Ireland and there a complex and fractured geology in this area you must fulfil requirements for full transboundary liaison with the Republic of Ireland government over the hydrological risk to Lough Macnean and the wider catchment and conclude any final assessment of the anticipated EIA is premature until the joint NIEA/EPA report is concluded.

4. Enforce immediately against the site by issuing a Stop Notice as planning permission expired in September 2013 for mining activity thereby sending a signal that the lack of existing regulation cannot be used as a precedent for exploratory drilling.

5. By asking for planning permission and an EIA you will be honouring the opportunity for transparent public participation under the Aarhus convention, helping to defuse an escalating situation and fulfilling the obligations of the precautionary principle.

6. Publish immediately on your website the notification by Tamboran Resources Pty Ltd to enable the public to understand the nature of the exploratory drilling and the use of materials to be used in the drilling process.

Thank you for your time and looking forward to your response.
Yours sincerely


Department of Environment

Goodwood House
44 – 58 May Street
Town Parks

Department of Enterprise,
Trade and Investment
Massey Avenue,

Planning Group
Causeway Exchange
1–7 Bedford Street
I wish to notify you of unauthorised developments currently being
undertaken by Tamboran resources Ltd. At Belcoo Co. Fermanagh.

The energy company circulated a letter to local residents informing them of
their intention to drill a test borehole of 700m plus depth for the
purposes of collecting rock samples etc. at this location.

It now transpires as a result of enquiry that the company have misinformed
the local community that they had actual consent from the relevant
authorities to undertake this work.

I ask that this letter being taken as notification of a complaint and the
proper enforcement proceedings be initiated immediately, including the
requirement for the company to remove all equipment etc. from this site and
their personnel as they are in breach of planning laws and this development
has not undergone appropriate assessment and may have a significant
negative impact on the local environment.

I trust that this a matter you will give your immediate attention to.
Yours sincerely

​SEND TO…..​
Area Planning Office
County Buildings
15 East Bridge Street Enniskillen
BT74 7BW

Tel: 0300 200 7830 (NI Only) or (028) 9151 3101
Fax: (028) 6634 6550
email: enniskillen.planning@doeni.gov.uk


email received from Divisional Planning Office Enniskillen:
Thank you for your email.

Please see above attachment for your records.
Please note this investigation will be carried out by the Western Area Planning Office in Omagh, and our Enforcement Team can be contacted on 02882 254004.

kind regards

Ruairi O’Kane / Planning Enforcement / Open File / FOI & EIR TEAM
Western Area Planning Office (DOE) / Drumragh Avenue / County Hall / Lisnamallard / Omagh Co.Tyrone / BT79 7AF
( 028 8225 4113 / * Ruairi.O’Kane@doeni.gov.uk

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