No Fracking Ireland said they regretted to learn that Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum decided to take €20,000 from Tamboran Resources, the Australian/Canadian fracking company.
“Only weeks prior to this announcement by the Manorhamilton business group, visiting German geoscientist and politician Helmut Fehr appealed to locals not to sell out to this highly controversial and damaging industry stating, “Don’t take the company’s money it is like selling your soul.”
“No Fracking Ireland understand that this is a tactic used by gas companies to get a foot in the door into communities, receive good public relations and eventually divide a community during hard times when people feel they have no choice but to accept anything on offer, regardless of the consequences. This has been the case in several states in the U.S. and Australia where fracking companies continue to railroad through communities using the ‘divide and conquer’ tactic of offering money to various local groups and businesses as a “sweetner”.
“Of course, in accepting this money the perception now is that Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum is endorsing Tamborans’ plans and are clearly in a ‘you scratch our back and we’ll scratch your back’ deal. How will Tamboran be repaid for their generous offering? By simply getting locals to accept their money, in return all Tamboran ask for is your silence on the fracking issue.
“With news of Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum accepting this large sum of money from a powerful industry banging on our door we are now left under no illusion as to how this industry intend to operate and gain public acceptance. Of course, if fracking was safe, sound and beneficial to communities throughout the north west, Tamboran would have no need to meet small groups behind closed doors, offering them large lump sums of money.
“No Fracking Ireland is a peaceful grassroots campaign, made up of people from all walks of life, farmers, teachers, artists, doctors, students, environmentalists, horticulturalists, business people and like everywhere in Ireland today, people who are seeking work. We are pro development, pro agriculture, tourism and business. We would naturally welcome any tourism development in north Leitrim but not while obviously endorsing a company that has the potential to damage our country beyond repair. We look forward to a time in the near future when the north west receives investment and enjoys growth through sustainable industries that create employment and security for all in our region while protecting our indigenous industries, our pristine landscape, clean environment and the health of our children. The fact that a small group of business people in north Leitrim have accepted such a large lump of cash from an industry which has the potential to singlehandedly destroy tourism in this region is beyond comprehension and an extremely disappointing reflection on a small group of people. The irony and cynicism of this deal will not go unnoticed in communities throughout this region.”