Tamboran Petroleum license 2019

Below is the letter sent by FFAN this week to the Fermanagh Herald & Impartial Reporter [local newspapers].

“Dear Editor

I am writing to your paper regarding the petroleum exploration license consultation document PLA2/16 recently published by the Department for the Economy [DoE]. This consultation proposes plans to frack up to half of Fermanagh and can be viewed at www.economy-ni.gov.uk

Yes; Tamboran are back, unfortunately. The people of Fermanagh rejected their spurious claims of wealth before and we won the argument. Unfortunately the civil servants of Northern Ireland have decided to give Tamboran another go at fracking in our County. This in not acceptable; fracking in all its different names & guises to extract methane gas from underground rocks is very damaging, especially to human health. People can access the highly regarded USA medical compendium about the health risks and impacts of fracking on humans at www.concernedhealthny.org. The pollution of our air and water not only damages our health but it will seriously reduce the jobs in our farming, tourism & fishing sectors.

Past experience shows the jobs created will not be in the thousands, as stated by Tamboran, but only a few dozen as has been shown in other countries that have been fracked. Methane is 30 times [3000%] more potent as a green house gas than carbon dioxide; this is not compatible with the necessity to move quickly away from fossil fuels in the next two decades.

If the DoE grant the initial five year license then Tamboran can, at the end of that five years request another five years extension which the DoE cannot decline if the conditions of the first license have been met. Then in another five years Tamboran can request a twenty year extension which again is almost certain to be approved, under current regulations. Thus if they get their ‘foot in the door’ Tamboran could be polluting Fermanagh until 2050, while the rest of the world is aiming to be fossil fuel free.

FFAN [Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network] ask all people of Fermanagh to reply to this consultation document by expressing their strong opposition to fracking. The closing date for replies is 5th July. If you require any background details to help compose your response please check out our website www.frackaware.com.

Dr Carroll O’Dolan.  MRCGP  Health spokesperson for FFAN .”

Consultation Submission Suggestions

Below are some ideas you could use for composing your submission regarding Tamboran’s License application. PLA2/16


Don’t forget closing date is 5th July 2019

  • Public Health issues
  • Water pollution issues
  • Air pollution issues
  • Climate change issues
  • No Ministerial input or democratic oversight has been involved in allowing the application to progress this far.
  • Licences automatically extended (provided licensee follows conditions etc) from initial 5 years to second 5 years and then to 20 years of production
  • Proper public consultation isn’t a concession any more, but our right (e.g. under Aarhus Convention), yet this consultation process is currently not statutory and thus can still be ignored.
  • Brexit uncertainties especially regarding  environmental regulation, monitoring, enforcement
  • Tamboran’s license application is very brief and dated Sept 2016. It doesn’t address any specific environmental issues. Meanwhile DfE emphasises that it ‘does not lead’ on environmental matters, not even getting the current name of the relevant department correct.
  • Financial – This is supposed to be a key criterion, yet we have few details about Tamboran’s current status.
  • Technical – This current application from Tamboran is full of redacted information so we, the public, are unable to make a proper decision on their full intentions.
  • No mention of cross-border issues despite the drilling area bordering the Republic of Ireland[Espoo Convention].
  • Lack of SEA  [Strategic Environmental Assessment].
  • Economic impact – claims of thousands of in/direct jobs . No previous fracked areas have shown this to be true.
  • Ecologically important sites – loughs, mountains, forests, Marble Arch, ASSIs etc – map covers huge area of Fermanagh up to border & lough shores.




FFAN General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] Policy. May 2018.

Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network [FFAN] is compliant with the GDPR that came into effect on 25 May 2018. GDPR governs how organisations manage the personal details/data that they hold on individuals, and why FFAN holds such details.

Usual data held by FFAN will be a maximum of:

Title [Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms or other]

First Name & Surname

Email address

Postal address & phone number [mobile and/ or landline number]


Purpose of data:

To ensure an effective system for communication with FFAN members and others (supporters, FODC councillors & civil servants, local & national politicians, journalists and other relevant individuals & organisations) to allow and assist with FFANs Visions, Aims & Values.


The information will be held by the FFAN Secretary or other delegated FFAN committee members.

All information/contact details held by FFAN will be made available to the individual to which it relates when requested, and will be amended or deleted when the individual so requests. This can be done by emailing the secretary of FFAN with details of any amendments or emailing to the FFAN Secretary the words ‘Unsubscribe me’.

The information will be used solely for the purpose of circulating information about FFAN business and associated information including events organised by others.

FFAN contact data will be held on password protected systems.

Video of Jessica Ernst presentation in Enniskillen on 17 Oct 2017.

Jessica Ernst gave a very insightful presentation into the obstacles she faced when she raised the issue of poor safety by fracking Companies in Alberta Canada.

For a video of the presentation please access using the links below. The video was very kindly organised by our colleagues in LAMP [Letterbreen and Mullaghdun Partnership].

FFAN also include here the talk that Jessica Ernst gave the week before in Malton, England which is close to the fracking that has already started in North Yorkshire.

Jessica Ernst Enniskillen talk, October 17, 2017, after storm ophelia:

**RE-SCHEDULED** Jessica Ernst Talk Tues 17 Oct 2017 at 7.00pm in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen.


Jessica Ernst is an Environmental Scientist from Alberta who will visit Fermanagh this month with her presentation:
‘The story of how fracking ruined my water’.
She will tell her story of taking the Oil & Gas company EnCana, the Alberta government and the energy regulator to court when ‘gold standard’ regulations failed.

Jessica Ernst Talk Mon 16 Oct 2017 at 7.30pm in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen.

Jessica Ernst is an Environmental Scientist from Alberta who will visit Fermanagh this month with her presentation:
‘The story of how fracking ruined my water’.
She will tell her story of taking the Oil & Gas company EnCana, the Alberta government and the energy regulator to court when ‘gold standard’ regulations failed.