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 4 JUNE 2016                                       Fracking Ireland News Alert (9)


BUS TO WOODBURN AND STORMONT

6th June


Update/impression WOODBURN FOREST

site directions at the end of this newsletter

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FRACKING HAS STARTED --- THIS IS IRELANDS FIRST FRACKING PAD

(see also article below  regarding re-defining of the word fracking)

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Dear all,

After years of campaigning, fracking  has come to Ireland.
It is time to act now!
Let's show, that we don't want this as so many campaigners in Europe do.
Get inspired by determent campaigners,  the pictures, the blessing...

Keep the frogs in and (get) the frackers out.

Ineke Scholte
Fracking Free Ireland.

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URGENT ALERT

 

DON'T THINK WE ARE SAFE... WE ARE NOT!!
DON'T SIT ON THE FENCE

 

MOTION PUT DOWN IN ASSEMBLY MONDAY 6 JUNE

 

FEET NEEDED ON THE GROUND, SHOW SOLIDARITY,

BOOK YOUR SEAT TO WOODBURN AND STORMONT

PLEASE SHARE THIS EVENT AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

Solidarity bus to Woodburn/Stormont, Monday 6th June
https://www.facebook.com/events/291904001155744/

The campaign in Antrim are gathering at Stormont on Monday for a motion that is being put down in the Assembly re Woodburn.

Our bus will stop off at the camp at Woodburn Forest and then join the demo at Stormont at 5.45pm.

*IF YOU'RE NOT FROM THIS AREA AND CAN'T MAKE THE BUS, TRY AND MAKE IT ANYWAY - MAYBE PEOPLE COULD ORGANISE A CARPOOL IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS EVENT*

Bus times / pick up points
Carrick-on-Shannon - Fire Station - 9.30am
Drumshanbo - Mayflower - 9.45am
Manorhamilton - Bee Park - 10.15am
Enniskillen - Jolly's Pet Shop - 10.45am

Please call/txt 086-0529873 or 087-7409102 to book a seat
Only book a seat if you are definitely coming.
Please spread the word!
No fracking/unconventional drilling on our island.
#Keepitintheground
This industry stops at Woodburn!
#CrossBorderSolidarity

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People are needed on the ground at Woodburn Forest to show support for the campaign to stop the drill and they are needed now! Come visit Woodburn Forest, bring your dog, friends, family, a picnic, whatever, just try and make it there. Belfast drinking water supplies are at serious risk of contamination. Toxic drilling fluids are being used. Email your MLA, show solidarity with the Stop The Drill campaign, visit the friendly folks at the 24/7 camp on Paisley Road, Carrickfergus. These lovely people provide free refreshments, information and guided walks. Take a trip there this weekend or anytime, help save this area and beyond.
Please share this post with anyone and everyone. We are all Woodburn Forest

SATURDAY 4 june  10 PM
We're at the docks now. Police confirmed INEOS are here for business reasons. Hands off our water. Ineos are not welcome here! ‪#‎StopTheDrill‬ ‪#‎SaveWoodburn
URGENT ALERT: Come to Parliament Buildings at Stormont on Monday 6th June 5.45pm. According to the Belfast Telegraph Ineos are in town this weekend currently moored in Belfast Dock. In recent days this petrochemical giant has moved its fracking operation from Scotland amid frustration at the Scottish Government’s failure to back the controversial gas extraction technique. Are they now interested in Northern Ireland?
Who will be dining on the yacht tonight? Ineos own Grangemouth.
Regardless of whether directly involved Grangemouth is the nearest oil refinery.

Stop The Drill is very concerned that the Woodburn water catchment has been sacrificed for this toxic industrial development. Given the corruption we have encountered in the processing of this application to drill we urge you to come to Stormont on Monday at 5.45pm for this very rare opportunity when Woodburn will be debated in the NI Assembly.

Hands off our land, water and air. Ineos are not welcome here!

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Background info:

An oil/gas company, Infrastrata, has manipulated systemic failures in NI planning, coupled with the good timing of a Northern Assembly Election and lack of action from politicians, to erect a drill in Carrickfergus, north of Belfast. They started drilling on 17th May.  

They  obtained permission to drill “by default”, an indictment of NI regulations. The drill is going down 6,000 feet (about 2 km) and is targeting three layers of sandstone, also shale.  Core samples will be taken and analysed for oil content. The drill will operate for six weeks, until the end of June.
 What happens if Infrastrata hits oil or gas? They will almost certainly get petroleum development rights over a 200 sq mile area. The likelihood is that they will then sell on to one of the big fracking companies, e.g. Shell, Exxonmobil who will look for permission to frack. 

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Short report:
SOIDARITY BUS TO WOODBURN/CITY HALL

 23 MAY 2016

This island's first fracking pad - Woodburn Forest, Antrim. Resevoir can be seen in the background. Let's make this the only fracking pad this island ever sees ‪#‎ShutDownInfrastrata‬ No Fracking Ulster!

We protested all over Belfast city on monday and visited the camp - the people at the camp were delighted to see us coming - they want people to join them any day, any time - there is space for camping. https://www.facebook.com/britainandirelandfrackfree/photos/…

Read more.

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HERO'S

CAMPAIGNERS in the compound!

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THEY DON'T SIT ON THE FENCE - RAISING AWARENESS!!

Gerry Carroll, MLA, People Before Profit.

Out knocking some doors on Shankill today, raising the issue of the proposed oil drill at Woodburn reservoir. US oil company Infrastrata has been given permission to drill just 300 metres away from Shankill's main reservoir: Woodburn. The reservoir supplies tap water --not just to Shankill-- but to thousands of homes across Belfast, and drilling so close to it poses a massive health and safety risk to our water. We had a great response from residents who were deeply angered by this, and we spoke to a few PBP voters as well who were very pleased to see us round doors again after the election. ‪#‎doingpoliticsdifferently‬

 

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motion

A DÁIL Bill which aims to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as fracking – in the state has been launched by Sinn Féin TDs Brian Stanley and Martin Kenny.

http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/26120

The extraction process involves pumping thousands of gallons of water mixed with rock-dissolving chemicals into the ground to break up the rock and allow trapped gas to move towards the surface, where it can be extracted.

Read more.

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COMMENT:

Please note, the word fracking is re-defined (by companies and UK parliament) and Infrastrata can now say that they are not fracking!! It is important that this  re-defining will be taken into account by the wording of a bill/amendment.
SINN FEIN:
http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/40189
http://www.sinnfein.ie/files/2016/Petroleum_and_Other_Minerals_Development_%28Amendment%29_Bill_2016.pdf

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Infrastrata say they are not going to frack at Woodburn -Third Energy said the same in Nrth Yorkshire but now all that's changed - these companies are very economical with the truth, or to put it another way, they lie.

The planners in the Council of Ryedale North Yorkshire yesterday voted to allow fracking company Third Energy to proceed despite huge local and international opposition in the form of peer reviewed scientific research, including health studies which resulted in New York state banning fracking in June 2015.


Read more.

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What is a minifrac?
http://notofracking.blogspot.ie/2014/03/what-is-minifrac.html

 Rathlin have applied to perform a "mini fall off test" on each of their wells. This is also known as a minifrac in the industry.   So what is it?

Read more.

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Lonnie Barker| Jan 18, 2013

Will horizontal wells become conventional in oil and gas?
https://blogs.siemens.com/measuringsuccess/stories/688/

Image source: Intragaz Inc, located in Quebec, Canada, gained expertise in horizontal drilling at its Saint-Flavien gas storage site, which was developed and operated almost exclusively using horizontal wells. The benefit in horizontal wells is they optimize the exchange surface between the well and the reservoir rock.  Because the drain hole is much longer in the reservoir rock, horizontal wells can produce up to ten times more than vertical wells. www.intragaz.com

Read more.

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ban scotland

The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday narrowly passed a motion in support of an outright fracking ban, setting up a potential showdown over the controversial fossil fuels extraction method.

Read more.

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Fracking....  this is what it is doing with the mindset of people...but not to the greedy companies/people/judges...  they do what they want!

Images: courtesy Gearóid Ó Loingsigh

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ADVISE FROM A FORMER ENGINEER (IN THE UK)

Personally I think direct action has to be the way now.

Speaking as an engineer on the site then I would not want huge delays to trucks getting to my pad. I need those trucks, the silica, the chemicals, the accom blocks, the workshops, (in the case of Lancashire) the rig, the drill pipe, the mud, the wireline…etc.). I could not afford big delays. I would not want an encampment with very brave and determined people just outside. I would not want risks to my plant and personnel. Delays for them to get to the pad and a feeling of great angst twice a day. I would not want a huge police presence with mounted and normal police trying to maintain order. I would not want to be called a Kinder Killer (as I was in Singen when I crossed the road at 3am in the morning without a car in sight!) but seriously I would not wish each day to be shouted at that I was poisoning little children and causing birth defects AND I WOULD KNOW that I was doing this because I am an engineer and I can understand the realities of O&G exploration using unconventional means. We know we do this but you have to put it to the back of your mind. You know there can be leakages. You know it is likely. You know the flare is likely to cold vent at times and you will poison the local communities. You have to put is to the very back of your mind – why? How can I do this as an engineer? I will tell you how. Because it is bloody well affecting me too – that’s why. It is killing me as well. It is risking my health. It is my job! Do not tell me not to do my job! I need to earn too. You are worried about your health – well I am too – about mine! So you see Volker it is not straightforward but I believe leaflets to workers, messages to them including shouting them as they enter, as they work and as they leave is pressure they need and it is right to do it and right to challenge them – prick their conscience. You may think they are big hurley burley oil and gas guys – well they are human too and they are not all like that. Many of them are like me – professional engineers! No violence of course – I would never advocate that – but let them know just what you think – they have kids too!

As a local I would welcome the protestors. I would be glad somebody gives a dam enough about my sons to protest and risk arrest. For me it is now the only way and it is a way that can work. I know. Make it as difficult as possible to operate as normally as possible and make the workers think about what they are doing. You would be surprised just how powerful an impact that can have. I know. I was one of those workers and I did think!

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A Blessing at Woodburn:
Sister Nora Burke from The Sisters of Mercy International gives a blessing to the protest at Woodburn Forest County Antrim where dangerous oil exploration drilling threatens the water supply of 131000 people. Sister Nora travelled to Woodburn with members of No Fracking Ireland in a show of solidarity with the Stop the Drill campaign #stopthedrill

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SITE DIRECTIONS TO WOODBURN
see also: Fracking Ireland NewsAlert 7

Directions to Woodburn Forest drill site.
Coming from northwest Antrim ; Leave Belfast bound M2 @ Templepatrick / Airport slip. Turn left for Doagh, Ballyclare, Larne. Follow signs to Carrickfergus taking 2nd exit @ Ballynure r’about. This is the Ballynure bypass, follow this road for approx 3 -4 miles turning right onto The New Line.( signed for Carrickfergus) follow for approx 1mile taking 2nd right onto Paisley Road.There is no road sign but you will pass Woodburn reservoir on the right just before left turn to Paisley Road.The site enterance is approx 700 yds on left. Sat Nav post code. BT38 9AH.

Coming from north coast, head to Belfast turning left at Ballynure, follow above directions from here.

Coming from Belfast, head out M5 for Carrickfergus. Continue to Carrick turning left @ Mc Donalds onto Prospect Rd. Head to very top approx 2 miles. Turn left and then right (approx 200yds) onto New Line. 3rd turn on right is Paisley Road(approx 2 miles

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