Companies (Tamboran and Rathlin Energy) ) are sueing governments and anti-fracking campaigners

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Gas company seeks to bankrupt anti-fracking campaigner

RollsBuildingRathlin Energy, a gas exploration company working in East Yorkshire, sought a bankruptcy order this morning against a leading anti-fracking campaigner.

Lawyers representing the company went to the High Court in London to recover thousands of pounds from Ian Crane, a broadcaster and speaker against fracking and the activities of the onshore oil and gas industry.
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Foster: Licence award major milestone in Gas to the West investment

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Licence award major milestone in Gas to the West investment

Foster: Licence award major milestone in Gas to the West investment

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the Utility Regulator’s award of gas conveyance licences to Mutual Energy and SGN for the Gas to the West project.

Speaking at the announcement in Enniskillen, Arlene Foster said: “The Northern Ireland Executive is investing up to £32.5 million to bring gas to homes and businesses in the west of Northern Ireland, and the award of licences by the Utility Regulator to Mutual Energy and SGN is another key milestone in the process.

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New DETI minister – Arlene Foster moved to Finance

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New DETI minister since 11 May 2015 – Arlene Foster moved to Finance

Jonathan Bell (UK politician)
In May 2015, Bell was appointed Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in a re-shuffle of offices held by DUP MLAs which saw Arlene Foster, the previous DETI minister, move to Finance and Personnel

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INFRASTRATA – letter to Arlene Foster

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Letter to Arlene Foster (by a campaigner)
NOTE: email to Arlene Foster has come back within 15 MINUTES with me being placed on an FOI

Dear Ms. Foster,
I note that Infrastrata reached their drill-or-drop clause in their PL1/10 licence in March 2014, yet in their own publicity materials they state that DETI have given them an extension that would appear to be for ONE YEAR, to March 2015.

They also state that they do NOT require EIAs as they will operate under Permitted Development Rights, yet in their PL1/10 licence it clearly states that they will have to undergo EIAs.

Can you confirm that the licence terms have indeed changed in line with what Infrastrata are publicising in their documentation.
If this is the case, then why was there no consultation regarding this extension and particularly, why was there no consultation in the public domain regarding this quite substantial change to their licence terms?

I would prefer just to get a straight answer as this information is already in the public domain and I would prefer not be placed on yet another time-delaying FOI, as the last one I lodged with your department took in excess of 80 days rather than the agreed 20 days as per the regulations.

Arlene Foster refuses again to meet groups/campaigners

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Tamboran: Licence for fracking plans terminated

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Tamboran said they are seeking a review of the decision to terminate their petroleum licence

The licence granted to a company that plans to drill for shale gas in County Fermanagh has been terminated.

Tamboran was granted a petroleum licence in 2011. It had three years to inform the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) on its decision to drill or drop their plans. Continue reading

No exploratory drilling in Belcoo

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TAKE ACTION – Shale gas: don’t let them bottle it.

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Shale gas: don’t let them bottle it.

30 April 2014

Your MLAs could stop Arlene Foster from bringing fracking to Northern Ireland – don’t let them bottle it.

Arlene Foster has the unilateral power as Enterprise Minister to issue and renew drilling licences for gas and oil exploration and extraction in Northern Ireland.

She recently decided to extend the deadline for Tamboran to conduct test drilling in Fermanagh, after the company failed to carry out the work by the original deadline of 31 March 2014. Continue reading