PROTECT OUR NORTH COAST Working to preserve and protect the north coast of Ireland
October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Press Release – Rathlin Energy leave the Rathlin Basin
It is with great relief that we welcome Rathlin Energy Ltd’s decision to terminate their Petroleum Licence (PL3/10) for the Rathlin Basin, and withdraw their planning application to drill an exploratory well into the shale layer at Ballinlea.
He said: “Rathlin Energy is still hoping to be able to extract any oil and gas it finds by a conventional drilling process. If for some reason that proves impossible, the company may in future consider hydraulic fracturing, but that’s a very, very long way off. Anything the company does will be subject to strict planning regulations.”
The Canadian-owned energy company has held the licence for oil and gas exploration in the North West since 2008.
During their initial explorations they found a small amount of oil.
Rathlin Energy has now completed further geological surveys and is in the process of finalising the location of their second exploration site.
Part 2 here. You can see the horizontal ‘salt’ wells on page 13 of this document below. This document was a presentation by Andrew Hindle to Energy Ireland in 2012, The images on each page give the game away.
Press release: Protect Our North Coast (PONC) public meeting votes for a ban on fracking and demands meeting with Stormont Committee.
Campaigners lobbying to protect the North Coast from fracking held a public meeting in Portballintrae last Thursday night.At a packed meeting people from across the North Coast from Ballycastle to Limavady voted overwhelmingly to stop exploratory drilling and fracking in the area or anywhere in Northern Ireland.Melanie Brown, a former policy adviser and researcher for the New Zealand government and resident of Ballycastle, presented a detailed analysis of the dangers of fracking on the North Coast. Continue reading →
It’s called Fracking by Stealth – companies apply for permission to drill, not to frack. They take the position that drilling is harmless and the UK Government agrees with them – no Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) needed for drilling. And even if eventually EIAs will be required, it will be for the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) stage only.
Let’s look at what can now be done without EIA
MIKE HILL, a chartered engineer B.Sc.(Hons.) C.Eng. MIET. reports
The operator arrives on site with his first 120 trucks.