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Coillte denies signing deal for gas extraction

Coillte has rejected suggestions that it has agreed to provide sites for a controversial gas exploration project, which has provoked public concern in the northwest.

However, Australian firm Tamboran Resources -- one of two companies involved in gas exploration in the area -- insisted that it has agreed a deal with the State forestry body.

The proposed gas extraction process uses a controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking', which is reported to have caused serious pollution problems in the USA and is banned in France.

The companies involved in exploration work estimate that a gas field stretching from Fermanagh through Leitrim and taking in parts of west Cavan and north Roscommon could contain up to 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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