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Protect our North Coast hold successful meeting
Campaigners lobbying to protect the North Coast from oil and gas extraction (especially fracking) held a public meeting in Portrush last Wednesday night.
Despite the stormy night people arrived to learn more and share their concerns.
Invited speaker, Gary McFarlane, Director, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Northern Ireland, emphasised the social and economic problems posed by pursuing the extraction of more fossil fuels – including shale gas, more so than the environmental problems.
While he acknowledged the environmental impacts, he said he was more concerned about what it meant for humans and for our society and economy.
An oil and gas exploration firm is to address concerns over a planned exploration well at Woodburn Forest during two public meetings next week.
InfraStrata announced they will host the information sessions following repeated calls from environmental lobby groups.
Hundreds of people have attended a public meeting to discuss fracking in County Fermanagh.
Tamboran Resources wants to explore for shale gas by drilling an exploratory borehole at a quarry near Belcoo.
Protesters against the controversial fracking technique have been holding a vigil at the quarry.
The meeting was attended by representatives from Sinn Féin, the SDLP, Green Party and a local independent councillor. Continue reading
Fianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley expressed his surprise and disappointment at the news that Tamboran Resources Limited last week moved into a site near Belcoo, County Fermanagh to commence exploratory drilling. ‘There is huge local concern at the arrival of security men in the early hours of last Monday morning to erect razor wire and related fencing on a site overlooking Lough MacNean. The construction of razerwire has all sorts of negative implication for people in a border community and if nothing else amounts to a clear indication of what is to come from Tamboran. We had been assured that this type of activity could not happen in County Fermanagh but it now appears that Tamboran can commence their activities without any further consent or permission from the Northern Authorities.’ Continue reading