Woodburn Forest – Facts

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On this very sad morning following Infrastrata’s spudding of their first Petroleum well in Northern Ireland at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus, Stop The Drill have some very serious questions for NI Water the landlord of the site which was unlawfully leased to the company. We also have a number of questions for Mid and East Antrim Council following the disclosure that the Head of Planning, Paul Duffy asked Infrastrata for help in responding to questions from councillors about this project.

NI Water
On 13 May 2016 Stop The Drill wrote to Sara Venning Chief Executive of NI Water raising grave concerns about the claim that the Woodburn well pad is ‘Zero Discharge’. Stop The Drill has also sought the following information from NI Water. Ms Venning was present at an NI Water Board meeting in July 2013.
(http://www.niwater.com/…/boa…/board_minutes_24_july_2013.pdf) where InfraStrata’s request to lease the land at Woodburn was discussed. i.e.
12. Proposal for Oil Exploration at Woodburn Catchment in Carrickfergus The Board considered the proposal in detail. The Board was assured that contamination risk had been dealt with in the pre-conditions for NIW land being accessed for this project. It was agreed that DRD should also be notified of this proposal. Continue reading

UK government’s fracking definition ‘could allow drilling without safeguards’

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Message from NO FRACKING IRELAND
For anyone who claims Infrastrata are not going to be using fracking at the Woodburn site – read the article below.

I have asked Eoin O Broin of Sinn Fein to get his party to question Infrastrata over the details (discussed in the article below) in regard to the many hows surrounding the type of drilling operation Infrastrata intend to use at Woodburn.

I also stated to Eoin O’Broin that SF have had long enough to decide which side they are on when it comes to Infrastrata’s drill at Woodburn and until SF take real action to stop Infrastrata and come out publicly with a party statement outlining this course of action & calling for Infrastrata’s operation to be shut down – until then the reality is that SF are not on the side of the ‪#‎stopthedrill‬ campaign.

Whether or not Infrastrata intend to use fracking (many of us believe they will) does not dictate whether or not this drill should go ahead – the drilling at Woodburn should not proceed for many reasons – top of that list is obviously water protection.

In the past I recommended to those involved in the campaign in Antrim to get a geologist on board to look at the area Infrastrata wish to drill – this info will lead to a greater understanding of the whole area, what sort of drilling would be needed, what sort of deposits are there (ie oil, radium, uranium, lead, other heavy metals etc etc…)

Also Tellus a cross border geophysical data survey was conducted throughout this island a couple of years ago – if the #stopthedrill campaign has enough money from fundraising (if not we could raise more) they could get the geological data available from Tellus which would answer many questions that still remain about this area ie the oil deposits and type and extent if drilling needed to extract it.

If you’re involved in SF or a supporter of theirs you might want to start getting some answers from them asap.

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/13/uk-governments-fracking-definition-could-allow-drilling-without-safeguards

Leading geologist warns loophole in government’s legal definition of fracking could enable companies to bypass safety precautions

The UK government has been accused of including a large loophole in its legal definition of fracking which could enable companies to bypass safety regulations, according to a leading geologist.

In rules that came into force on 6 April, fracking is defined by the amount of high-pressure fluid used to fracture shale rocks and release gas or oil. However, the only well fracked in the UK so far, which caused small earthquakes near Blackpool in 2011, would not qualify as fracking under the definition.

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PROMISE BROKEN BY JOHN PERRY (FG)

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Campaign to Support Right 2 Change Candidates supported by 58 global groups

It seems that John Perry (FG) contradict his previously stated written position on fracking at the Love Leitrim husting:
‘John Perry TD reinforced his ‘total opposition’ to fracking on the night. Clarity sought is still outstanding into a statement received prior to the meeting in which he said, “Until more scientific information becomes available as to the merits and demerits of fracking technology, I do not wish to commit to a specific pro or anti decision at this time.” ‘

Recently he signed the pledge to support a legislation to ban fracking
‘As a candidate for election to Dáil Éireann, I pledge that, if elected, I will actively support legislation to ban unconventional exploration or extraction of oil or gas and/or the use of high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Ireland.
I make this pledge to support the health and safety of the people of Ireland, to address climate change by rejecting another source of fossil fuels, and to protect our international reputation for clean air, water and land, threatened by fracking.’

And last but not least, the government (FG, Labour) issued 14 new off shore licences!
to companies including oil majors Eni, Exxon and Statoil, allowing them to explore for hydrocarbons off the coast of Ireland.

These facts should be convincing that it is Right 2 Change NOW!
Our campaign  (an initiative from NO FRACKING IRELAND  and  Fracking Free Ireland) is supported by 57 global organisations
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ELECTION HUSTINGS OR HUSTLING ? – Everything is Not Always as it Seems – Especially at Election Time

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promises 2Election Hustings or Hustling 
Read full article by a member of No Fracking Ireland here: Election Hustling,
 ‘Stop the Study’, unraveled, an inside in the role of  GEAI, FG and more…..

Sit down, take your time, GET INFORMED  and read the whole story

Reply from GEAI: Stop the Study Timeline
stop the study timeline pdf

The ‘offical’ statement from DCENR according to GEAI
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Election Hustling  pdf
Reply from GEAI: Stop the Study Timeline

Sources, coverage in the media incl. Comments
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Disrupting or revealing the truth?

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http://www.sligotoday.ie/details.php?id=39791

Disrupting or revealing the truth?

In Sligo today is stated that campaigners did disrupt the meeting before questions could be asked.

Here some facts.

FFI did attend the meeting. The stop the (EPA) study was addressed. The chair informed the public that there was a meeting in Dec. by GEAI with the ministers , the EPA, with result that the study had been stopped.

Some Irish campaigners have been trying in the past week to get an official statement from the Irish Department of Energy confirming that this study has been stopped as GEAI is claiming. Continue reading

Stop the Drill – action and meeting

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http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=689978e20e3c2b04dc76aa7bc&id=15c01374dc

URGENT DRILL ALERT
Please support events to Stop the Drill this week.

MONDAY MORNING

Please come to the Woodburn Forest on Monday morning 15th February. We believe oil company InfraStrata plans to commence work beside major water reservoir (North Woodburn Reservoir) with no Waste Management Plan in place.

WEDNESDAY EVENING

Public Meeting, The Windrose, Rodgers Quay, Carrickfergus, Co.Antrim BT38 8BE at 7pm on Wednesday 17th Feb 2016.

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Stop the Drill campaign – press release

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We were delighted and relieved that the serious and significant threat posed by oil company Infrastrata was publicly discussed by our elected representatives in Belfast City Council on 1st September 2015 and that the motion was carried. This is the moment when the Lord Mayor of Belfast supported the campaign! 

Press Release: For immediate release.

Oil Company InfraStrata plans to commenedrill beside major water reservoir (North WoodburnReservoir) next week with no Waste Management Plan in place?
Public Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 17th Feb 2016 The Windrose, Rodgers Quay, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim BT38 8BE Continue reading

Drill Antrim — Drill…

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Despite the lack of a Mining Wastes Assessment as highlighted by Paul Duffy, Head of Planning at Mid and East Antrim Council on Thursday Infrastrata are circulating letters to residents to say they will going onsite Monday  morning (15th February 2016)12662663_10154253057621874_1350920274180252716_n. This is the first drill of a 50 year lease agreed with NI Water. Peaceful opposition is called for now. This is a water catchment area for Belfast, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Larne and Whitehead. We are doing everything we can to deal with the authorities. We will update again asap.
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