Leitrim councillors ban fracking
Councillors in Co Leitrim have voted to ban fracking – and have warned that they will be watching very closely what happens in neighbouring Co Fermanagh.
Leitrim County Council warned that, if use of the controversial drilling method is proposed, it will be calling on the authorities to carry out a comprehensive full life cycle health impact assessment, along with a full life cycle analysis of all possible cumulative and permanent negative effects.
This could have major implications for Co Fermanagh, where Tamboran Resources is proposing to carry out drilling in the Bundoran Shale, which takes in the south west of the county and Co Leitrim.
The company has said it believes it could begin commercial production as soon as 2016.
Tamboran says it is likely to need up to 60 multi wellpads with up to 24 wells per pad.
Each multi wellpad would be 2.6 hectares and the maximum surface land needed for the entire project would be about 150 hectares.
Last week around 100 protesters gathered outside a meeting of Fermanagh District Council to oppose fracking.