Tamboran seek injunctions against MLA’s Durkan and Foster

The Impartial Reporter have reported that Tamboran Resources plan on taking out seperate injunctions against Mr Mark Durkan MLA of the Department of Environment and Mrs. Arlene Foster MLA of the Departmant of Enterprise Trade and Investment.

Tamboran Resources’ Petroleum Licence has not been extended and the fracking company is to take a judicial review against Environment Minister Mark H Durkan’s decision on Belcoo quarry AND Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster’s decision not to extend their licence.
Tamboran Resources’ Petroleum Licence has not been extended and the fracking company is to take a judicial review against Environment Minister Mark H Durkan’s decision on Belcoo quarry AND Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster’s decision not to extend their licence.

A spokeswoman from DETI tells Impartial Reporter.com that the six month extension granted to Tamboran in March “was granted by DETI and accepted by the Company, on the basis that it would enable Tamboran to complete Part I of its work programme by September 30, including drilling of a stratigraphic (test) borehole, and to decide whether or not to proceed with carrying out Part II of the work programme within the initial five year term of the Licence (31 March 2016) or to relinquish the licence.”
She concluded: “The company has not completed Part I of its work programme and Petroleum licence PL2/10 will expire on 30 September 2014.”

A Tamboran spokesman reveals that, following the Environment Minister’s decision, the company sought a second extension from DETI to allow them to take a judicial review. DETI refused.
The spokesman states: “Tamboran Resources can confirm that it has instructed its Lawyers to judicially review the decision by the Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan announced on 11th August to reject its submission to drill an exploratory borehole under existing Permitted Development rights…..We have consulted with counsel and we are also moving to a judicial review of DETI’s decision.”

To read the article in full, click here.

License for fracking in fermanagh terminated


The BBC have reported that the license previously granted to Tamboran Resources to conduct unconventional shale gas extraction has now come to an end, after DETI Minister, Ms. Arlene Foster denied renewal of their license as a result of Tamboran’s inability to uphold the current terms of their license which was renewed on the 30th of March 2014.

To read the BBC article in full, click here.

Urgent Action Required: Short Email/Letter

Below you will find a template letter addressed to Minister Arlene Foster, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment asking her NOT to extend the work programme for Tamboran license PL2/10 any further. We need to do this as quickly as possible so all hands on board please, signing and sharing.

Here is the background:

The work programme for Tamboran license PL2/10 was due to be completed on 1st April 2014 but Tamboran were unable to complete. Minister Foster, without consultation, either with the community or within government, granted Tamboran a six month extension on the license i.e. until 30th September 2014.

In a joint effort [No Fracking Northern Ireland and the Belcoo campaigners], we ran a highly successful campaign gathering circa 1500 objections to the Belcoo exploratory drill. [‘Do the right thing on fracking Minister Durkan’ event and on the ground letter signing in Fermanagh]. We were thrilled and relieved when Minister Durkan decided not to allow the Belcoo drill under Permitted Development Rights.

Unfortunately the story does not end there. We know that time is running out for Tamboran to fulfil the terms of the work programme before the end of September but we are painfully aware that Minister Foster could go ahead and grant another extension. Hence the letter to Minister Foster.

Please send your letter (do change the wording for example if you live nearby add that in, personal statements and stories are much more effective) and then pass this along and get as many people as you can to do likewise. Minister Foster needs to know that if she is considering granting an extension it will be against the wishes of many, many people. This action is far more likely to work when it is multiplied many times. Click the invite friends button above and add your friends too.


We have also included contact info for DETI and GSNI and it is important to make sure all involved are fully aware of this information. Minister Foster’s departmental address has been included for those who would like to send a postal letter. The following letter is shortened version and is ideal for attachment in an email. There is also a version one can print off with space for address, Reference and sign and print name and a further word version which you can edit and modify. See end of this post.


Dear Minister Foster,

If Tamboran wish to stay in the process in Northern Ireland they will most likely have to get an extension to their work programme and possibly even to Petroleum Licence PL2/10.

Will you as Minister be making this decision or will you abdicate to your department ?

I personally fail to see, how a licence or work programme can be extended given that the Assembly voted for a Moratorium on shale gas exploration, and also there is no policy at the Executive level on the matter. Granting any extension would therefore in my eyes be both against the will of the people of Northern Ireland as expressed by their political representatives in the Assembly, whilst also adopting a unilateral policy on exploring for shale gas in Northern Ireland.

You yourself stated that Tamboran were exploring for shale gas in a Radio Ulster Evening Extra Interview on Monday 4th August 2014.

There are other matters which come to mind also. It is now apparent that Tamboran had ample time to drill this borehole regardless of any decision by Minister Durkan. They first contemplated this publicly in September 2011, and got their work programme changed in May 2012. They have already had one extension to their work programme – I don’t believe they deserve another. Indeed one wonders at the due-diligence which was carried out when granting the extension in March 2014 as this information was all available at the time.

My understanding is that Tamboran’s competency and core values should also be questioned. Given the reports of Pollution by Eastern Star Gas/Santos in the Pilliga region of Australia, and the tie in to Tamboran, and Tamboran board members (Patrick Elliott and Dr David King were both founders of Eastern Star Gas and Tamboran, while Santos are now Tamboran’s partners in Australia) we believe there are serious questions to be asked about Tamboran’s suitability as a licensee. Tamboran also chose a quarry site which they knew to be unlawful as their test drill site; hardly a measure of good judgement.

An Assembly question indicates that the Geological Survey Of Northern Ireland (functionally aligned with your Department) only attended Tamboran’s public meeting out of all the other current licensees. There appears to have been significant hand holding by DETI throughout the history of this licence, yet even still Tamboran seem incapable of meeting the terms of the licence.

Given the information presented, the whole sorry saga of this licence, I believe the decision must be a Ministerial decision and it must be negative in relation to any further extension of the work programme or the Petroleum

Yours sincerely

The emails to send to are:

Minister Foster: private.office@detini.gov.uk
Minerals and Petroleum Branch: minerals@detini.gov.uk
Geological Survey of Northern Ireland: gsni@detini.gov.uk

Department address for postal correspondence:
Minister Arlene Foster
Dept Enterprise,Trade and Investment,
Netherleigh, Massey Ave,
Belfast, BT4 2JP


Space for address, reference; sign and print name.


The reference is of your own making e.g DOB and initials. It can be useful as it forces DETI to record the reference and so any email or letter back takes a bit more work to be personalised.


You can modify to suit yourself.


VIA: No Fracking Northern Ireland’s Facebook Page

Environment Minister rejects proposals for exploratory drilling


The Fermanagh Herald have stated:

The Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan today rejected Tamboran’s proposals for exploratory drilling in Fermanagh under permitted development rights. The Department of the Environment received notification from Australian Mining Company Tamboran of their intention to drill a core of rock from Cleggan Quarry, Belcoo on 21 July 2014. The company sought confirmation that this work could be carried out under current permitted development rights without the need for full planning permission as part of their ongoing exploration into the viability of extracting shale gas by means of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in County Fermanagh.

Minister Durkan stated: “I have given very careful consideration to Tamboran’s proposal to drill a core of rock from Cleggan Quarry near Belcoo and whether this is permitted development under current legislation. I have concluded that this is Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development requiring full planning permission and that permitted development rights do not apply. In making this assessment I have been mindful of my Department’s responsibility to ensure that the environment is protected at all times and that full consideration is give to any likely significant environmental impacts of such a proposal.

To read the article in full, click here.

Tamboran “deeply concerned” with no drill decision

The Impartial Reporter state:

Australian exploration company Tamboran has voiced its concern over Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan’s decision to halt its plans to drill an exploratory borehole at a quarry outside Belcoo.
In the last few moments, a spokesman for Tamboran Resources said: “Tamboran Resources is deeply concerned with the announcement made by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.
“The company is currently reviewing its position and will release a further statement in due course”.

To read the article in full, click here.


FFAN would like to state that we do not advocate or tolerate any form of violence and condemn in the strongest way possible what has happened in Station Road, Letterbreen. FFAN has a policy that we always advocate an ethos which is non-confrontational/non-intimidating/non-violent.

Violence is not the way to change peoples minds on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction and only serves to damage our campaign.We would urge anyone thinking of violence or other unlawful activity to think again.

Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network (FFAN)

Advice to members regarding Tamboran’s Injunction

Tamboran have taken out an injunction covering activities at the Acheson & Glover quarry near Belcoo. Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network is named in this injunction and therefore committee members and you as members of FFAN need to be aware of the consequences of any breach of the injunction. The injunction states that we are not to enter the quarry site, obstruct works, or interfere with the people carrying out works on behalf of Tamboran.


Members of FFAN are reminded of our Vision, Aims, and Values and if these are followed we are less likely to have a problem with the injunction.

It is also important to follow any other codes of conduct that may be in operation at gathering/vigils etc.

FFAN is a cross community network of individual Fermanagh residents. It is not affiliated to any political party or other organisation but works with a broad range of groups and individuals who are concerned about the risks of hydraulic fracturing, both domestic and international.

Our Vision
County Fermanagh as an inclusive, progressive and vibrant county where its people and resources are respected, regenerated and sustainably managed and developed and where communities are healthy and prosperous, a great place to bring up families in a clean and unspoilt environment. We want this vision to be sustainable for the generations that follow.

Our Aims
The Aims of the Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network are to:
1. Raise awareness of the risks associated with unconventional oil and gas exploration and extraction using high volume hydraulic fracking in Fermanagh and wider areas, and undertake advocacy and research work in response to emerging needs;
2. Encourage the safeguarding and sustainability of public health, agriculture, tourism, waterways, sustainable energy resources and the natural environment.
3. Help establish and support the development and empowerment of local affiliated groups, and liaise with appropriate national and international networks.

Our Values
1. FFAN is a cross-community network of individual Fermanagh residents. It is not affiliated to any political party or other organisation but works with a broad range of groups and individuals who are concerned about the risks associated with unconventional oil and gas extraction using high volume hydraulic fracking.
2. FFAN is a single issue group
3. FFAN will seek to inform and engage with communities, individuals, organisations and politicians in a manner which will be respectful and challenging
4. FFAN is committed to an ethos which is non-confrontational/non-intimidating/non-violent

Villers: No unnecessary damage from fracking

The Impartial Reporter have stated on the 31st July:

Not for Photosales

Theresa Villiers also said the decision on whether or not to press ahead with fracking in the county will be for Stormont and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to make, and not Prime Minister David Cameron.
Speaking to The Impartial Reporter on Monday, during a visit to Enniskillen, Ms. Villiers described fracking as “an important new technology that has delivered some significant benefits where it has been used in the United States”.

She made her comments on the day that the UK Government invited bids from energy companies for licences that would allow them to start fracking wherever resources can be found.
Ms. Villiers told this newspaper: “We think it has potential for use in the UK for helping us with energy security in keeping energy bills as low as possible. We do appreciate that if it is going to happen anywhere that careful consideration needs to be taken of its local environment impact.

To read the article in full, click here.

Fermanagh and omagh district council to adopt anti-fracking stance


The Impartial Reporter stated on the 31st July:

At a meeting last night, Fermanagh and Omagh Councillors agreed that they were opposed to fracking and called for the Assembly to return from recess to discuss the issue.
Sinn Féin Councillor for Erne West Anthony Feely raised the matter at last night’s meeting of the Shadow Council in Omagh. UUP Councillor Alec Baird and SDLP Councillor Brendan Gallagher spoke about anti-fracking sentiment in the Belcoo area which has intensified since Tamboran arrived to test drill last Monday.

To read the article in full, click here.