- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2014

Anti-fracking activists hurled homemade bombs at the private Northern Ireland home of a shale gas worker — the industry’s first “terrorist-type” attack in Britain.

Police are looking for the suspects responsible for hurling two gas bombs at the home, belonging to a security guard at the Belcoo shale site in County Fermanagh, The Independent reported.

“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,” said a spokesman for Tamboran Resources, the fracking company running the site.

Nobody was hurt in the attack, and the company said it wouldn’t be deterred from pursuing its plans in the region.

Donal O’Cofaigh, spokesman for the anti-fracking group Belcoo Frack Free, condemned the attack.

“There is a lot of anger, concern and fear here about fracking. But there is no doubt that this action will have put back our campaign,” he said, The Independent reported. “This attack is wrong and we condemn it. Such actions only undermine our goal of putting a halt to shale gas exploration. We ask those responsible to desist immediately. This action is not in our name.”

Ulster Unionist Stormont assembly member Tom Elliott said: “While many people, including myself, have concerns about the proposals to carry out fracking in Fermanagh, it does not justify terrorist-type campaigns against the process and those involved in it.”

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide