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Tamboran considering legal action
01 Oct 2014 10:10
The company that wants to pursue extracting shale gas in border counties using the controversial fracking process may begin a legal challenge to decisions of Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration.
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Yesterday, Northern Ireland's Minister for Enterprise Arlene Foster announced she would not be extending the licence of Tamboran Resources mining company.
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Tamboran is an international energy company with Australians and Americans in senior management positions.
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It believes there may be very significant shale gas deposits beneath the surface in the border counties and wants to begin exploratory drilling in Co Fermanagh.
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It plans to use fracking, which is permitted in parts of the United States and is supported by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
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It owns land around a quarry near the village of Belcoo.
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Significant numbers from counties Fermanagh, Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo have protested outside the Tamboran site.
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In August, Northern Ireland's Environment Minister Mark H Durkan refused the company permission to drill a bore hole to collect rock samples.
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Yesterday, Minister Foster said she would not be granting the licence extension required by the company to continue working.
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Now Tamboran has indicated it is making legal preparations for a judicial review of the decisions.
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