TAMBORAN RESOURCES “SHALE GAS” project suffers set back in Northern Ireland
After many long months planning Tamboran Resources was “Disappointed” to learn that their application to drill one of Northern Ireland’s SHALE GAS Wells near the town of Belcoo, Co Fermanagh was denied by the Northern Executive SDLP Minister of the Environment Mark H. Durkan this month. The decision was sparked by the growing movement against “FRACKING” throughout Northern Ireland sponsored by the “Friends of the Earth” organization who have been protesting at the quarry site for weeks prior. Mr Durkan of the SDLP is an advocate opposed to the “Fracking Process” and concluded by stating “development at the quarry near Belcoo required an official environmental impact assessment”.
Tamboran Resources is deeply concerned that any option for them to proceed would take a minimum of many months, at best, to revive the 750 metre Shale Gas Well and coring project.
In 2011 Tamboran was granted a Petroleum (“SHALE GAS”) Licence for an initial five year period from the
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to collect rock samples (Core) as a key requirement set out by the Irish Government in order to fulfill their obligation to explore for natural gas near the town of Belcoo in County of Fermanagh.
Tamboran Resources planned to drill a 750 metre vertical Borehole with would include 500 metres of continuous core. This core would be analyzed on and off site to validate the presence of Gas Bearing Hydrocarbons.
In a Press interview on July 21, 2014 Dr Tony Bazley, Director of Tamboran Resources (UK) Ltd said:
“Tamboran’s intention at this stage is only to verify that the elements necessary for natural gas and its recovery are contained within the shale in County Fermanagh. This is fact-finding, not fracking. If County Fermanagh is home to a significant natural gas resource that could provide Northern Ireland with decades of a local secure energy supply then we believe the people have a right to know. We believe that the presence of natural gas in Northern Ireland could bring considerable benefits to the local and regional economy with the potential for billions of pounds of investment; hundreds and potentially thousands of jobs created locally and importantly for Northern Ireland a secure supply of energy that could last for decades and potentially help reduce local energy costs. However, we first need to make sure enough gas is there to be commercially viable and that we will not know for certain until the end of the licence period. This is just the first stage in that process,” said Dr Bazley.
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