Australian exploration company Tamboran has voiced its concern over Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan's decision to halt its plans to drill an exploratory borehole at a quarry outside Belcoo.

In the last few moments, a spokesman for Tamboran Resources said: “Tamboran Resources is deeply concerned with the announcement made by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.

“The company is currently reviewing its position and will release a further statement in due course”.

This comes after the Minister announced that the company's controversial drill plans are an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development, therefore they require full planning permission. The Minister ruled that permitted development rights do not apply.