THERE will be no danger to the local community if controversial plans for 'fracking' in Sligo by Australian mining company Tamboran come to fruition, a Strategic Policy Committee meeting of Sligo County Council has heard.
According to Tamboran, no chemicals will be used in hydraulic fracturing and that health, safety, the environment and locals would be given the highest priority.
CEO Richard Moorman said this was very important as concerns were raised locally about this.
"We are committed to an open process and we will respond to all email queries and media requests. We are committed to openness and the safest and strictest operating procedures," said Mr. Moorman.
All drilled wellbores will be constructed to stringent procedures set down in law by the EU and Ireland and all operations will be monitored continuously to ensure there is never any damage to land, groundwater and air.
Tamboran Commercial Manager, Karl Prenderville said that if their proposed drilling programme is successful and gas is found, the project would lead to the creation of some 700 plus jobs for between 30 and 50 years. This would include drilling employment for 10 to 15 years and production facility employment for 20 to 50 years.
There would also be a significant number of indirect jobs from an investment estimated at between €6 to €8 billion.
The business would generate €2 to €3 billion in corporation tax, VAT and income tax over the life of the project. Tamboran say the project could supply 20% of Ireland's natural gas demand for 20 or more years.