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.
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.
Green activists are to protest at Sinn Féin’s Dublin headquarters tomorrow in relation to the Woodburn Forest drill in Carrickfergus.Representatives from Young Friends of the Earth will take part in a demonstration urging the party to take a public stand against the project.Mícheál Callaghan of Young Friends of the Earth Ireland said: “Despite grassroots level Sinn Féin party members and local councillors being opposed to the drill at Woodburn, the response from senior members of the party has been limited despite the vocal – and laudable – opposition of the party to extractive industries.