Colreavy welcomes Minister Durkan's decision on Tamboran exploration
Sligo / North Leitrim Sinn Fein TD Michael Colreavy has welcomed Minister Mark Durkan's decision that Tamboran Resources application for permission to drill an750 meter deep exploratory hole at a site adjacent to a quarry at Belcoo, Co Fermanagh must be subject to a full planning application process.
Speaking after the announcement Deputy Colreavy said: "Minister Durkan has made the right decision in this case. He clearly recognised that drilling this so-called trial bore in an area where previous unauthorised quarry or mining work had been carried out would present risks to the environment and perhaps to human health. This trial hole is the first stage of the Fracking process - it would have been unthinkable for the Minister to have granted permission without all details being made publicly available and open to challenge through the planning process.
“I commend all individuals and parties who supported those good people who maintained a vigil outside the quarry gates since Tamboran's announcement of their intention to drill, and I hope Tamboran will now realize they are not regarded as good neighbours and are not wanted in Fermanagh or anywhere in Ireland.
“If Tamboran do decide to apply for planning permission in this or any other location we must continue to be vigilant to ensure they are not accommodated by a back or a side door. Future generations will thank us for our vigilance."