BREAKING – Durkan has refused Tamboran permission to proceed at Belcoo without planning permission.

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It Seems durkan has refused tamboran permission to proceed at belcoo without planning permission. Information via a bbc reporter who is here and has just heard from a colleague in belfast. WELL DONE ONE AND ALL – NOT OVER FULLY BUT WE HAVE WON THE 1ST MAJOR BATTLE IN THE WAR!!

 

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Tamboran’s pr machine have said they are “deeply concerned” at Mark Durkan’s decision and are reviewing their position


The environment minister has rejected an application to drill an exploratory borehole for shale gas in County Fermanagh.

Mark H Durkan said the decision to turn down the application had been taken “after very careful consideration”.

Tamboran Resources had applied for permission to drill a 750m deep hole at a quarry at Belcoo.

It issued a statement saying it was “deeply concerned” by the minister’s decision.

Tamboran will now have to make a full planning application with an accompanying environmental statement, a process that will , conservatively, take months to complete.But it does not mean the borehole will not eventually be drilled.Alternatively, Tamboran may want to try to get a judicial review of the decision, arguing that the minister has not interpreted the planning regulations correctly.

“The company is currently reviewing its position and will release a further statement in due course,” Tamboran said.

The MP for the area, Michelle Gildernew of Sinn Féin, welcomed the announcement.

“The decision to deny Tamboran to begin deep bore test drilling in Belcoo, Fermanagh, is the correct decision given the clear opposition to fracking in the area,” she said.

Protesters objecting to both fracking and gas exploration had held a permanent vigil at the quarry.

The aim of the borehole was to check if there was enough gas below ground to warrant seeking a licence to set up a fracking operation.

Tamboran staff moved into the quarry three weeks ago and carried out work to secure the site.

Protesters said they feared a borehole could be the first step towards the setting up of an industry that they believe could damage the environment and the health of local residents.

The borehole drilling process would not have involved fracking.

Currently, Sinn Féin, the SDLP and UUP say they oppose fracking, while the DUP has said exploration should take place, and any application for extraction should be judged at the time.

Last week, politicians condemned a petrol bomb attack that targeted the family home of a Tamboran worker in Letterbreen.
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Tamboran had intended to drill using “permitted development rights”, which meant the firm would not have needed to apply for planning permission.

The minister could only veto this if he assessed that work was likely to have “a significant environmental impact”.

And that is exactly the position he has arrived at.


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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-28733528

orthern Ireland’s environment minister is due to decide on Monday whether a firm exploring for shale gas can start to drill an exploratory borehole.

The company, Tamboran, has applied for permission to drill a 750m deep hole at a quarry in Belcoo, County Fermanagh.

Its aim is to check if there is enough gas below ground to warrant seeking a licence to set up a fracking operation.

The minister had 21 days from the date the application was submitted to decide if the hole meets permitted criteria.

Protesters who object to both fracking and the process of shale gas exploration have held a permanent vigil and daily protests at the quarry.

They are due to hold a cross-community religious service at the gates at 19:00 BST on Monday.

Tamboran staff moved into the quarry three weeks ago and have carried out work to secure the site.

The firm is expecting Mark H Durkan to announce his decision on Monday, but a spokesperson for the minister’s department would not confirm this, saying only that that a decision on exploratory drilling would be made as soon as possible.

The Department of the Environment (DoE) has been carrying out its own environmental impact assessments at the quarry.

It has also been consulting with its legal advisers regarding the conditions of permitted development.

The protesters have argued that a full environmental impact and public health assessment should be carried out before the minister permits exploratory drilling.

They have said they fear a borehole could be the first step towards the setting up of an industry that they believe could damage the environment and the health of local residents.

The borehole drilling process would not involve fracking.

If the firm is given permission to drill and finds enough gas in the shale to make it economically viable to extract, it would be at least two years before it would seek to begin shale gas extraction.

For fracking to begin, the Stormont Executive would be required to give its approval, but the majority of its members are opposed to such a move.

Currently, Sinn Féin, the SDLP and UUP say they oppose fracking, while the DUP has said exploration should take place, and any application for extraction should be judged at the time.

Last week, politicians condemned a petrol bomb attack that targeted the family home of a Tamboran worker in Letterbreen.


Alex Attwood: ‘Precautionary approach’ to fracking needed

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-22525152

Attwood addresses conference The environment minister made his comments at the One City conference in Belfast

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Environment Minister Alex Attwood has said Northern Ireland should adopt an “enhanced precautionary approach” to fracking.

He said that was because it had not yet been proven to be a safe and responsible source of energy.

The minister said while all renewable energy options needed to be explored, he was concerned about the impact of fracking.

Mr Attwood made his comments at the One City conference in Belfast.

“It is only on the far side of the research that you can determine if it can be done safely and responsibly,” he said.

Earlier BBC News Online incorrectly reported that the minster said the government should consider using fracking to prevent “lights going out” when other energy supplies run low.

The minister has asked BBC News to point out that he has had a consistent position that no firm decision can yet be taken on whether fracking is a safe and responsible option.

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, involves drilling down and creating tiny explosions to crack hard shale rocks to release the gas inside.

Critics say it can pollute water and cause minor earthquakes.

An Australian company, Tamboran, has a licence to explore the method of gas extraction in County Fermanagh.

In January, Mr Attwood said any decision on fracking in Northern Ireland would be made at Stormont.

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