North’s Department of Economy official told of ‘total opposition’ to fracking

The permanent secretary of the Department of the Economy in Northern Ireland has been told by a Sinn Fein delegation of its ‘total opposition to fracking anywhere on the island of Ireland.’

It follows a public consultation period after the company Tamboran applied to the Department of the Economy for an exploration licence covering an area to the west of Upper Lough Erne and to the south of Lower Lough erne.

Tamboran had previously tried unsuccessfully to engage in fracking in the Leitrim/Fermanagh area.

Fracking is now outlawed in the Republic of Ireland.

Among those on the Sinn Fein delegation who met the permanent secretary was Cllr Siobhan Currie, chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

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