Department for the Economy
Minerals and Petroleum Branch
Room 9, Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB
3 July 2019
Name & Address Removed
(to protect privacy)
Ref; Petroleum Licence (PLA2/16)
I wish to lodge my objection to the application for a petroleum licence by Tamboran Resources (UK) – PLA2/16.
I have informed myself widely on the subject of fracking by reading peer reviewed reports with arguments both for and against fracking. I can see absolutely no benefit to the Northern Ireland/UK economy by proceeding with the granting of a licence to Tamboran Resources. I can however see a hugely negative impact to the environment, public health, and the sustainability of public services by the introduction of fracking. I can also see a huge financial hit to Fermanagh and surrounding counties North and South by the displacement of the sustainable indigenous industries of tourism and farming.
There are over 1500 studies and reports in the past 3 years outlining the contamination risks of fracking. The geology of Fermanagh, with its underground water systems and karst limestone would mean that contaminated water could never be contained. The adverse affects to human health would be devastating.
The enclosed book Slick Water, which outlines the havoc caused by fracking, is part of my submission. It relates directly to the applicant’s assertion that “groundwater is safe” and anyone who reads my submission can only conclude that the applicant does not possess the environmental awareness necessary, under the regulations, to qualify for a petroleum licence.
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