Unknown assailants in Northern Ireland threw petrol bombs at a house belonging to a worker with Tamboran Resources, which intends to drill an exploratory well in a site near Belcoo in County Fermanagh.
The two makeshift bombs were flung at the worker’s house in the early hours of Sunday, as mounting opposition grew over concern that Tamboran may employ fracking as it hunts for shale gas. Nobody was hurt in the attack, reported the Telegraph .
“This was an orchestrated and abhorrent attack on a local family in the middle of the night. We condemn this latest attack that follows a number of unlawful incidents at our Belcoo site and threats that have been made to security staff. ”
The attack was condemned by politicians and anti-fracking activists alike. A spokesman for Belcoo Frack Free organization Donal O’Cofaigh condemned the action, saying it impeded the group’s goal of having all shale gas exploration activities put to stop. He denied any association with those responsible and requested them to stop their activities.
Tom Elliot, a member of the Ulster Unionist Stormont Assembly, also strongly criticized the attack, calling it “terrorist-type campaign”.
Demonstrators have camped near the drilling site prompting Tamboran, which has repeatedly insisted it has no approval or plans to frack at this juncture, to seek a court injunction stopping the campaigners from coming close to the drilling site.
Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister Mark H Durkan recently moved to assuage locals by saying that he won’t allow hydraulic fracturing activities to take place until enough scientific data is available on whether fracking is safe for the environment and public health, which he said isn’t available at the moment. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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