Richard Moorman, CEO of Tamboran Resources met with the Manorhamilton Business Forum last week.
A number of people spotted Mr Moorman meeting with members of the new Business Forum in Manorhamilton on Monday, April 2. The Leitrim Observer can confirm that a meeting between Mr Moorman and the Business Forum did take place.
Tamboran Chief Executive Richard Moorman stated to the Leitrim Observer this week that among a number of meetings he attended last week, “was a productive meeting with the Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum where we outlined our proposal, discussed various concerns and listened to their views on the development of the area.”
He said, “Tamboran is meeting on an ongoing basis with a range of people from the community to outline and discuss our proposed project. During the past two weeks, we attended over 20 separate meetings with independent groups, community and business leaders, elected officials, non-governmental organisations, regulatory officials and media.
‘We look forward to continuing with this approach and remain accessible to all.”
The paper sought details on the content of the meeting, but as it was a private meeting, this was not revealed. Mr Moorman did say “Further details of our Community Investment Fund will be announced in the coming months, as will our local hiring plans.”
Tamboran had told the Leitrim Observer last month that they are “seeking suggestions from the local community about what projects would like to benefit from the company’s community investment fund for the county.”
German politician Helmut Fehr told the crowd gathered in Glenfarne last week “Don’t take the companies money it is like selling your soul.” Canadian activist and environmental scientist Jessica Ernst had also warned about grants and money being offered by the companies to ease their way in.
Locals who saw of heard of the meeting with the Manorhamilton Business Forum relayed their concerns to the paper. There has been much talk of “divide and conquer” techniques used by oil and gas companies in America and Canada and locals are worried that such meetings could lead to a similar situation.
Moorman concluded his statement to the paper, saying ‘We would like to take this opportunity to again thank the more than 200 individuals that have personally sent their CVs to our attention.”
Mr Moorman has been in Ireland making presentations at a number of engineer events and other meetings over the past two weeks.