Tamboran Resources moved on to Co Cavan last week, holding a meeting with Cavan County Councillors and then a public meeting in Ballyconnell, but the remnants of the meetings in Leitrim are still lingering and ‘fracking’ is the hot topic of conversation.
The public information meeting by Tamboran in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell last Wednesday, September 14 was attended by only 100 people - one fifth of the number that travelled to Carrick-on-Shannon two weeks ago. The meeting which was chaired by Peter Quinn, brother of Sean Quinn.
Following a public meeting by Lough Allen Conservation Society, Tamboran’s meeting with Leitrim County council and Tamboran’s Information meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon, local farmers and residents are coming to terms with all the information they have received.
Despite this being an issue which considerably affects farmers, Adrian Leddy Regional Development Officer with the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) told the Leitrim Observer that they cannot get involved in anything to do with hydraulic fracturing at this “early stage.”
Mr Leddy said “they do not have planning and are far from getting the licence”. He said there is a long journey to drilling from here and it would be “pointless” for the national farmers organisation to get involved at the moment.
He said the IFA will meet with both Tamboran and LANGCO if they “proceed with the development.” He said the IFA will have to meet with the gas companies “to work out a code of practice.”
“We will insist that farmer’s rights and their land will have to be protected.” Mr Leddy said the IFA will be on hand to advice and inform farmers if the development proceeds at a later stage.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.