Leitrim to be ‘guinea pig’ for zero chemical fracking

There is “no proof” zero chemical fracking will work, but Tamboran Resources want the chance find out in County Leitrim.

There is “no proof” zero chemical fracking will work, but Tamboran Resources want the chance find out in County Leitrim.

Richard Moorman, CEO of Tamboran Resources, one of the gas companies with a shale gas exploration licence in Leitrim, stood over his “zero chemical fracking” pledge at Monday night’s meeting with Leitrim County Council.

About 150 anti fracking campaigners staged a demonstration outside the offices of Leitrim County Council before and during the meeting. Approximately 12 members of the public were allowed to sit in the viewing area of the Council Chamber during Tamboran’s presentation.

Under questioning by the councillors, Mr Moorman did admit that there is no evidence the process will work, but he said “I am confident it can be done.”

Cllr Sinead Guckian said her concern was that “our county will be used as a guinea pig.” Protesters outside also said they did not want Leitrim to be a “guinea pig” for Tamboran.

Mr Moorman said Tamboran will use sub-contractors for some of the work but they too will not use any chemicals and will have the same views as Tamboran.

He said he would like to show the world this new process from “the project in place here.

“I have every reason to make this work,” he said explaining that countries will “open their doors for zero chemicals.”

When questioned why zero chemical fracking has never been tried before, Mr Moorman said some jobs need the chemicals because projects are “too deep and complex.” But as drilling here will be confined to 1km he believes, “we can avoid them.”

The Tamboran spokesperson said he has not heard what LANGCO’s (the other licenced gas company) plans are but said if his company receive a licence for zero chemical fracking, “they will have no choice but to do the same.”

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.