Large swathes of the county and indeed the country could be the subject of hydraulic fracturing, with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment currently advertising a prospecting licence application to “search for, bore for, and get petroleum” in parts of five of the Occupied Six Counties. However, DETI have stated the company, CHx, which has brought forward the application “has not stated that it intends to use hydraulic fracturing techniques and nor has it identified shale gas as its primary target.” DETI have also claimed that “hydraulic fracturing is not relevant to this licence application”.
The Department has, though, declined to disclose any details of the proposed exploration programme, leaving question marks over what exactly the nature of the planned work would be.
Advertised under the Petroleum (Production) Act (Northern Ireland) 1964, a consultation process has been initiated, with any person seeking to register concern at the proposed scheme required to do so within one month of March 25, 2013.
For details of affected areas see: www.tyronecourier.uk.com
National headlines have been made by the ongoing process, which could result in fracking being introduced in Fermanagh. A licence there has already been passed, with it anticipated planning permission will be sought from the DOE by the end of the year.
Fracking has attracted a great deal of negative publicity due to concerns about the possible environmental, agricultural and health problems associated with the process.
Taken from SAOIRSE: Irish Freedom, The Voice of the Republican Movement