NI Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has revoked Tamboran’s fracking licence in Fermanagh.
The company was granted a licence to drill for shale gas in 2011 and had three years to confirm whether it would proceed or not. Minister Foster announced yesterday that, as the company had not reverted to the Dept.of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) with its decision by the deadline, she was terminating the licence.
A Tamboran spokesperson it had asked DETI for an extension of the deadline as it was seeking a judicial review of Environment Minister’s Mark Durkan refusal of its application to drill a borehole . After investing more than £3m in the project, he said, the company was “deeply concerned” at not getting the extension. The decision, “could close the door on a project that could deliver up to 50 years of secure energy supply, in excess of 2,000 jobs and billions of much needed investment.”
A spokesperson for protest group Belcoo Frack Freecalled the news: “A positive result for the campaign”. She added: ““We will continue to support our friends and neighbours through Ireland and the UK until we have an outright ban on shale gas exploration and extraction.”