THE infrastructure minister, Chris Hazzard, has been criticised after indicating he will not be intervening directly in the case of an exploratory oil drill at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus.
The Sinn Féin minister has proposed a change in the law to require any exploration company to seek full planning permission for test drilling, but said there were “very limited opportunities for me to act in this case” as the matter was now the responsibility of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, 6 May 2016, 10:09:36
Subject: NI Water Exploration Agreement with InfraStrata at Woodburn Forest
Mr. Durkan: 7.45 pmI have been inundated with angry tweets, emails and correspondence on this issue. I even got a letter from Mark Ruffalo, the Incredible Hulk actor. Believe me, you do not want to make him angry.
Mr Agnew: He turns green.
Mr Durkan: He clearly is green, all right.
Interesting letter to David Ford and covered to entire NI executive from Chairman of Belcoo Frack Free – sent in March 2016.
Co Fermanagh BT93 5DN
Dated : 14 March 2016
Mr David Ford
Minister of Justice
Stormont Estate Belfast BT4 3SG
cc : Northern Ireland Executive.
Subject : Woodburn and Policing
Dear Minister Ford,
I write as chair of Belcoo Frack Free with regards to the proposed drilling at Woodburn. I urge you and your colleagues in the Executive to give this matter your undivided attention to avoid violations of EU law, and international conventions, and most importantly violations of human rights issues. Ultimately the PSNI are going to be in the middle of it all as they were in the proposed Belcoo drilling project, but there is a more hardened line being drawn at Woodburn.
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.
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.