What's happening in Belcoo?
Saturday August 09, 2014 18:14 by None
Belcoo was awoken at 5 in the morning on the July 21st to the invasion of Tamboran.
It wasn't until later that morning that the frackers had the 'courtesy' to send local residence notice of their occupation of a nearby quarry. Immediately a demonstration outside the quarry gates was organized for that evening.
Since then we've seen mass mobilization of the local communities; holding public meetings most nights. A constant presence has been maintained at the gates to let Tamboran know we're here, and we're not going away. A marquee has been erected opposite the gate with a rocket stove providing endless cups of tea and hot food for all those who have come from near and far to show they're opposition to this ludicrous project.
The backdrop of beautiful green rolling field sloping down towards the banks of lough MacNean remind all who arrive what's at stake here.
With the source of the Shannon not far off anyone can see that this is far bigger than the community here. If this goes ahead it will set the precedent for the mass takeover and forced industrialization of huge areas of countryside spanning north and south; fracturing all rural communities in their path…and that's before we even talk about our air and water being poisoned! This is the start of an occupation that will affect everyone in the island of Ireland. Pollution knows no boarders. Once they get their foot in the door it's way more difficult to stop them. The time to act and stand in solidarity with this community is now!
So what should you expect if you're coming here?
-There’s a central marquee, a caravan stove and portaloos opposite the gates
-just down the road there's a house (that the community have kindly given us the use of) with a kitchen and toilet, there's a shower (but it's cold) at the back there is space to put up tents.
-There is a no drink no drugs policy at both these sites so please don't bring anything with you.
-There are a lot of PSNI and community liaison police present at the gate most of the time. Unfortunately most people have been a bit too friendly with them and they often hang out in the marquee. If you're worried about this maybe consider using a fake name while you're here. Luckily they don't come down to the house.
-There's some food here and you'll hardly starve of you don't bring anything with you, but if you can bring food that'd be great.
-The PSNI have been stopping cars and checking licenses on the main Enniskillen road. So if you're worried about this you should probably arrive at night.
-Tamboran have got an injunction to stop anyone trespassing on land around the site or blocking traffic. Although this is probably on legally dubious grounds it means that any arrests could be used as an excuse in court to keep the injunction in place. (Besides there's nothing going in or out of the site at the moment aside from one security change a day.)
What's been happening so far?
Monday 21st - Equipment arrives escorted by PSNI, later at 7pm a huge crowd gathers at the gates of their compound to protest. A few people try and gain entry to the site.
Tuesday 22nd- At meeting at Belcoo of over 400 the Belcoo committee is formed. Later on one arrest is made at the site
Thursday 24th- A marquee is erected opposite the gates. Later another arrest is made
Friday 25th- Tamboran get an injunction to prevent anyone trespassing on the land around the site or blocking traffic going to the site. The house is opened for people to camp at.
Tuesday 29th – A meeting in Letterbreen sees over 400 people attend
Wednesday 30th - The injunction is extended. Fermanagh and Omagh district council adopt an anti-fracking stance.
Thursday 31st- Emergency meeting in Carrick-on Shannon condemns fracking in Fermanagh
Friday 1st - Another big meeting in Belcoo. Emergency meeting of Cavan county council sees them reaffirm they're moratorium on fracking.
Saturday 2nd- Tamboran's illegal razor wire at ground height is removed.
Sunday 3rd- A huge Tractor demo driving from Belcoo to Enniskillen sees over 170 tractors. That night the security HQ driveway is petrol bombed. Word on the street is that Tamboran did this themselves to try and give the campaign bad publicity. Belcoo committee have condemned the violence
How can I help?
Come to the site to show solidarity.
Keep an eye out for a drilling rig on rout!
Help us get the word out there what's happening and how it will affect all of us.
Organize a demo in a show of solidarity with Belcoo in your local community.
Write to the your local representatives condemning fracking in Fermanagh.
Organize a fundraiser gig to help with future legal costs.
Banner/sign making material and paint
Waterproofs and wells
Lamps and head-torches
An inverter and a car battery
Hot water bottles
Sheets of plywood
Day 1 at the gates
banner outside the house/campsite