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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/04/fracking-site-guard-home-attacked-petrol-bomb-northern-ireland
A petrol bomb has been thrown at the home of a security guard working at a controversial fracking site in Northern Ireland.

The attack took place at a house in Letterbreen on the outskirts of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.

No one was injured when the petrol bomb was hurled from a passing car in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Anti-fracking campaigners opposed to drilling at a beauty spot in Belcoo in the border county condemned the attack.

Donal O’Cofaigh, spokesperson for Belcoo Frack Free, said the attack was on the home of a member of Samdec Security, which is guarding the site where Tamboran Resources plans to drill.

O’Cofaigh said: “This attack is wrong and we condemn it. Such actions only undermine our goal of putting a halt to shale gas exploration. We ask those responsible to desist immediately. This action is not in our name.

“Belcoo Frack Free seeks to empower people through growing knowledge about this industry, whilst being engaged in peaceful dignified protest in a campaign that is gaining momentum. We will not allow ourselves to be distracted from this goal.”

Local Ulster Unionist party councillor Alex Baird said he was concerned about fracking in the lakeland district, including the “potential of causing unstable ground structure and the possibility of land and waterways pollutant leading to public health worries”.

Baird added: “I will not, however, be party of any campaign that breaks the law, has sectarian overtones and is violent.”

The anti-fracking camp based outside the Tamboran site at Belcoo has drawn up a list of non-violent principles that protesters must adhere to in the campaign against drilling there.

Tamboran described the weekend petrol bombing of its employee’s home as “an orchestrated and abhorrent attack on a local family in the middle of the night”.

The company said: “Tamboran fully respects the right to peaceful protest. We welcome calls from those who have called for any protests to be peaceful. However, we cannot ignore such attacks.

“We call on all local political, community and anti-fracking representatives to unequivocally condemn this petrol bombing attack and to encourage people to share any information they have with the PSNI [Police Service of Northern Ireland].”

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The fracking firm, Tamboran, has faced opposition to its plans to drill a gas exploration borehole at a quarry in Belcoo, County Fermanagh

Politicians have condemned a petrol bomb attack on the family home of a site worker at the company exploring for shale gas in County Fermanagh.

Two petrol bombs were thrown at the house in Letterbreen during the early hours of Sunday, but no-one was hurt

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster called it “a disgraceful and cowardly attack on the home of an innocent person”.

Anti-fracking campaign group Belcoo Frack Free criticised the attack.

Their spokesman, Donal O’Cofaigh, said: “This attack is wrong and we condemn it. Such actions only undermine our goal of putting a halt to shale gas exploration.

“We ask those responsible to desist immediately. This action is not in our name.”

The fracking firm, Tamboran, said the attack followed a number of unlawful incidents and threats to its security staff.

Staff were threatened at a quarry in Belcoo, where Tamboran is intending to drill a gas exploration borehole.

‘Orchestrated’

The company has faced opposition to its plans and protesters have held vigils outside the quarry.

In a statement on Monday, the firm described the weekend petrol bombing of its employee’s home as “an orchestrated and abhorrent attack on a local family in the middle of the night”.

“Tamboran fully respects the right to peaceful protest,” the firm’s statement added.

“We welcome calls from those who have called for any protests to be peaceful. However, we cannot ignore such attacks.

“We call on all local political, community and anti-fracking representatives to unequivocally condemn this petrol bombing attack and to encourage people to share any information they have with the PSNI.”

The MP for the area, Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew, said someone could have been seriously injured and she “unreservedly” condemned the attack.

“While the vast majority of people in Fermanagh and further afield oppose fracking, this is not the way to express that opposition,” she said.

Ms Gildernew said her party was “totally opposed to fracking and will block any proposals to frack in Fermanagh if and when that comes before the executive.”

‘Dangerous activity’

Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott also condemned the attack, saying there was “no excuse for such dangerous, criminal activity”.

“While many people, including myself, have concerns about the proposals to carry out fracking in Fermanagh, it does not justify terrorist-type campaigns against the process and those involved in it,” Mr Elliott added.

The company said it was “operating within the terms of the licence it was awarded by the Northern Ireland Executive to explore for natural gas in Northern Ireland”.

The purpose of drilling the borehole is to collect rock samples and it will not involve fracking.

However, if the samples show commercially viable levels of gas, Tamboran will begin a process that could lead to fracking.

The attack on the site worker’s house at Station Road, Letterbreen, happened at about 03:25 BST on Sunday.

Police are investigating and want to speak to the driver of a dark- coloured Audi estate car that was seen in the area at the time.

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http://fermanaghherald.com/2014/08/tamboran-condemns-petrol-bomb-attack-on-site-worker-house/

FRACKING company Tamboran Resources and Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network have both this morning condemned an early morning petrol bomb attack on a house of one of Tamboran’s ‘site workers’ over the weekend.

The attack, in the Letterbreen area, happened at a residential premises at the Station Road, Letterbreen area in the early hours of this morning (Sunday August 3).

At around 3.25am, it was reported that a car drove by a house in the area and it is believed that a petrol bomb was thrown at the property.

No one is believed to have been injured during the incident and enquiries are continuing.

A spokesman from Tamboran Resources said that the incident was an ‘orchestrated abhorrent’ attack.

“During the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday 03 August) two petrol bombs were thrown at the house of one of our site workers in County Fermanagh. Thankfully there were no injuries.”

The spokesman went on: “This was an orchestrated and abhorrent attack on a local family in the middle of the night. We condemn this latest attack that follows a number of unlawful incidents at our Belcoo site and threats that have been made to security staff.

“The company is operating within the terms of the licence it was awarded by the Northern Ireland Executive to explore for natural gas in Northern Ireland.

“To date we have invested several millions pounds in the economy creating and supporting local jobs and using local contractors. Tamboran has received several hundred emails and requests from local people about employment opportunities.

“We know this behaviour is not reflective of the local people.

“Tamboran fully respects the right to peaceful protest. We welcome calls from those who have called for any protests to be peaceful. However, we cannot ignore such attacks. We call on all local political, community and anti-fracking representatives to unequivocally condemn this petrol bombing attack and to encourage people to share any information they have with the PSNI”.

And, a spokesman from Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network (FFAN), said:

“FFAN would like to state that we do not advocate or tolerate any form of violence and condem in the strongest way possible what has happened in Station Road, Letterbreen. FFAN has a policy that we always advoacate an ethos which is non-confrontational/non-intimidating/non-violent.

“Violence is not the way to change peoples minds on unconventional gas exploration and extraction and only serves to damage our campaign. We would
urge anyone thinking of violence or other unlawful activity to think again.”

Police would like to speak to the driver of a dark coloured Audi estate car which was seen in the area at the time of the incident, who may be able to assist with their enquiries.

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Breaking: Home of Tamboran security provider petrol bombed

Published: 3 Aug 2014 20:11

The Impartial Reporter understands that the Letterbreen home of the security provider at Tamboran’s Belcoo drill site was attacked with a petrol bomb in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).

The Impartial Reporter understands that the Letterbreen home of the security provider at Tamboran’s Belcoo drill site was attacked with a petrol bomb in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).

Police in Enniskillen are appealing for information after a petrol bomb was thrown at a home at Station Road, Letterbreen at around 3.25 am.

It was reported that a car drove by a house in the area and it is believed that a petrol bomb was thrown at the property. No-one is believed to have been injured in the attack.

Enquiries are continuing and police would like to speak to the driver of a dark coloured Audi estate car which was seen in the area at the time of the incident, who might be able to help them with their enquiries.

Police would ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact them on the non-emergency number 101.

If you would like to give information without giving your details, contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Impartial Reporter.com contacted Tamboran and is awaiting a response.

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