BBC News – Minister rejects fracking firm’s borehole application

The MP for the area, Michelle Gildernew of Sinn Féin, welcomed the announcement.

“The decision to deny Tamboran to begin deep bore test drilling in Belcoo, Fermanagh, is the correct decision given the clear opposition to fracking in the area,” she said.

Protesters objecting to both fracking and gas exploration had held a permanent vigil at the quarry.

The aim of the borehole was to check if there was enough gas below ground to warrant seeking a licence to set up a fracking operation.

Tamboran staff moved into the quarry three weeks ago and carried out work to secure the site.

Protesters said they feared a borehole could be the first step towards the setting up of an industry that they believe could damage the environment and the health of local residents.

The borehole drilling process would not have involved fracking.

Currently, Sinn Féin, the SDLP and UUP say they oppose fracking, while the DUP has said exploration should take place, and any application for extraction should be judged at the time.

Last week, politicians condemned a petrol bomb attack that targeted the family home of a Tamboran worker in Letterbreen.

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