Current Plans

Leitrim and Fermanagh Licence Area

Leitrim and Fermanagh Licence Area

Tamboran’s сurrent statement

Tamboran Resources and LangCo were awarded two Options Licences for the Lough Allen Basin, also known as the North West Carboniferous basin. The licences cover an area of approximately 1,500 square kilometres over parts of counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon and Sligo.

Tamboran has described in a presentation its preferred scenario at a Conference of NorthWest Engineers in March 2012 [pdf]

  •  Initial fracking area of 42,000 acres in North Leitrim, stretching from Glenfarne, through Kiltycloghar to Manorhamilton
  • Up to 60 multi-wellpads with up to 24 wells per pad
  • Each wellpad 2.6 hectares (7 acres)
  • 40,000 acres of underground development
  • Three layers of horizontal drilling (two in the Bundoran Shale and one in the Dowra Sandstone)
  • If successful, more land will be fracked!

LangCo has not engaged with the public or made public statements but there is now a business connection between LangCo and Tamboran. The target shale extends underneath Lough Allen and as far as South Leitrim and Cavan.

Print by Brigitta Varadi in collaboration with Eddie Mitchell (research) and John the Map (map making).

Print by Brigitta Varadi in collaboration with Eddie Mitchell (research) and John the Map (map making).

The deadline for application for Exploratory Licences is 28th February 2013.

Statement made by Mr Сiarán o Hóbáin, petroleum affairs division, at joint oireachtas committee meeting on 10th october 2012.33: 

“The authorisations granted are licensing options and provide a first right to apply. No application has been made to date to drill an exploration well using hydraulic fracturing. As we have outlined, the EPA is currently scoping further research, which is important for the regulators and any company considering applying for an exploration licence. They will have to carry out their own environmental assessment but they would have to build into that the findings of the EPA research. As has been stated, the Minister has confirmed that no decisions will be made to allow hydraulic fracturing until the results of the further EPA research have been considered.”

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