Fianna Fáil’s Michael Moynihan has called on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to explain what type of drilling is taking place at Belcoo in County Fermanagh which borders County Leitrim.
The company Tamboran Resources has confirmed that it plans to drill a scientific bore-hole at the site in Belcoo, which has increased fears it will lead to fracking at the site.
He commented: “Fianna Fáil is opposed to hydraulic fracturing or fracking until there is a comprehensive study done which sets out the environmental, societal and community impacts.
“I am concerned at the confirmation by Tamboran Resources that they will shortly begin drilling scientific holes at Belcoo in County Fermanagh. This process could take up to 30 days and involve drilling 750 metres deep; the community in nearby County Leitrim is rightly worried as to what this may lead to. The purpose of the drilling is to explore the possibility of fracking in the future and Tamboran have made no secret of this.
“There has been no environmental study carried out to my knowledge regarding the impact of this drilling on water supplies and the wider implications on the communities in Leitrim and Cavan.
“I am calling on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, to outline what, if any, environmental impact assessment has been done. What contact has his office had with the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland or with Tamboran and what steps have been taken to ensure the water supply is guaranteed?
“Councillors in Leitrim have called an emergency meeting of Leitrim County Council this week to discuss this development. Minister White must act fast and move to ensure the concerns of the people of County Leitrim are addressed immediately.”