The border area in the Northwest Carboniferous Basin targeted for fracking includes almost all of Leitrim and parts of Sligo and Cavan. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, including the famous Yeat’s Country, Ben Bulben, Glenade Valley and Slieve an Iarainn (home of the Tuatha De Denaan). It also is the home of hundreds of pristine lakes, rivers and streams famous for fishing.
Tamboran Resources were granted Options Licence for the Northern part of the Basin. Fracking plans for this area include:
- takeover of 100,000 acres in the first phase
- construction of 120 7-acre pads with up to 24 wells each
- construction of access roads with major machinery and equipment installations.
Tamboran have applied for an Exploration Licence without completion of its work programme. No decision will be made on applications for Exploration Licences in the Republic of Ireland until the completion and consideration of a 24 month major research study on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction being carried out at present and due for completion at the end of 2016.