Statement from Stop The Drill following Belfast High Court hearing.
A massive victory for the campaign today in the High Court! Stop The Drill are delighted that the judge ruled in favour of the concerned local resident and granted leave that the Judicial Review can proceed.
Infrastrata’s barrister Stewart Beattie stated that the company will go bankrupt if the drill is stopped until Mid and East Antrim Council make a decision on enforcement. This is a company that the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) confirmed two days ago as financially sound.
Anne Donaghy’s affidavit to the court was refused -so it was! Greg Jones QC for the applicant was vehement in his condemnation of how the Council have acted. He said ‘How long does it take for this authority to figure out that there have been changes made to the access? It beggars belief. The conduct of Mid and East Antrim Council falls below the required professional standards’.
He was heavily critical of RPS (Infrastrata’s consultants) reports citing numerous inconsistencies between the original reports and what is actually happening on the ground.
Lawyers for exploration company Tamboran revealed at the High Court in Belfast that it will be seeking damages as part of a wider legal challenge.
In what may turn out to be one of the biggest cases of its kind in Northern Ireland, claims for loss of vast estimated profits are being prepared against both the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) and the Department of Environment (DoE). Continue reading →
An early start this morning – up at half-past five in time to set off for the High Court in Belfast and the latest hearing in Tamboran’s judicial review case against the Departments of the Environment and of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
For those new to the story, Tamboran is the company which had a licence to extract petroleum (in this case shale gas, using hydraulic fracturing) in County Fermanagh. As part of the licence, the company was obliged to drill an exploratory borehole, and this they planned to do just outside Belcoo during the summer. Continue reading →
In June 2014, the company also entered into a heads of agreement with Ardilaun Energy Limited (“AEL”) pursuant to which AEL would farm-in to Tamboran’s Irish exploration portfolio by acquiring an initial 51% (and up to a 65%) interest in Tamboran Resources (UK) Limited though an investment of US$41.1 million. Continue reading →