Rathlin Energy abandons plan to drill at Ballinlea

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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.

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Anti-fracking protesters picket councillors in Coleraine

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Anti-fracking protesters picket councillors in Coleraine

By David Young

Published 23/06/2015 | 09:04

A large group of protesters gathered outside a meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in Coleraine last night to protest against fracking at Ballinlea borehole in North Antrim
A large group of protesters gathered outside a meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in Coleraine last night to protest against fracking at Ballinlea borehole in North Antrim

Protesters alarmed at the prospect of possible fracking for oil on the North Coast have gathered outside Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in Coleraine.

The demonstrators targeted the council as a meeting was being held inside last night.

The protest came after Rathlin Energy confirmed that it intends to drill a second exploratory borehole at Ballinlea near Ballycastle.

Local residents are concerned about the about the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing possibly being used on the site.

Earlier a company spokesman sought to allay fears.

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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.

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Northern Ireland – update

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Protect our North Coast hold successful meeting

Campaigners lobbying to protect the North Coast from oil and gas extraction (especially fracking) held a public meeting in Portrush last Wednesday night.

Despite the stormy night people arrived to learn more and share their concerns.

Invited speaker, Gary McFarlane, Director, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Northern Ireland, emphasised the social and economic problems posed by pursuing the extraction of more fossil fuels – including shale gas, more so than the environmental problems.

While he acknowledged the environmental impacts, he said he was more concerned about what it meant for humans and for our society and economy.

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Northern Ireland – update

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Protect Our North Coast Public Meeting, St Patrick’s Primary School, Causeway St, Portrush Wed. 10th Dec 7.30pm
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For Immediate Release

Date: 8 Dec 2014


The campaigning group Protect Our North Coast are holding a public meeting at St Patrick’s Primary School, Causeway St, Portrush on Wednesday, 10th Dec at 7.30pm.

Within a matter of weeks Rathlin Energy Ltd is due to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) including a Human Impact Assessment to the Department of the Environment (DOE) in relation to drilling an exploration well into the shale layer at Ballinlea. This will go out for public consultation. If, based on this EIA, the DOE determines that the proposed well poses no “significant environmental impact” then there is a danger that the Ballinlea well could be the first of hundreds, if not thousands, of unconventional oil and gas exploration and extraction wells, and fracking, all along the north coast. Continue reading

Ballinlea – protect our North Coast

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Just look how close Rathlin Energy’s proposed Ballinlea well is to our famous north coast tourist attractions: the Giant’s Causeway, the Bushmills Distillery and the Game of Thrones scene, the Dark Hedges. They plan to drill down into the unconventional shale reservoir… they want permission to drill here as little as 80m from homes…

Strong campaigning from Ballinlea Residents Group led to Planning determining that the company must submit an Environmental Impact statement taking in to account impact on human health. This is due to be submitted by Rathlin Energy in September.


I wonder how proud DAVID MONTAGU-SMITH Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rathlin Energy Limited and Rathlin Energy (UK) Ltd. JOHN HODGINS CEO, Connaught Oil & Gas Ltd. Director, Rathlin Energy Limited and Rathlin Energy (UK) Ltd. ROBERT STANDLEY Director, Rathlin Energy Limited and Rathlin Energy (UK) Ltd. and DERMOT NESBITT Director, Rathlin Energy Limited are of this.

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Take action – letter to Mr. Durkan

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For the reasons outlined in the template letter below we believe that it is possible to stop this now. Once again we need your help to lobby Minister Mark H Durkan. Please read and send the letter below. If you have time you can make your submission more powerful by including your personal view. But if not just copy, paste send, volume counts too.

Minister Durkan ‘Do the Right Thing!

Please copy and send this letter today.

Dear Minister Durkan,

I was heartened by your department’s recent determination, after lengthy deliberations, that an EIA was required for the Rathlin Energy Ltd application for an exploratory borehole at Ballinlea (E/2013/0093/F). Continue reading

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The deadline for submissions is the 25th of April.  this site  might  be the EPA test site.

Click this link to access all of the documents relating to Rathlin Energy’s Ballinlea planning application:

Object again to drilling at Ballinlea!

Posted on April 8, 2014 by

Rathlin Energy Ltd have finally submitted much more detailed information to the Planning Service (upon request) about what they intend to do at the proposed Ballinlea drilling site. It includes more detail about the processes including the Conventional Hydraulic Fracturing, Mini Fall-off test and Acid Squeeze test, and more information about the expected levels and directions of toxic emissions from the flaring of gas, which is particularly concerning to people living within half a mile. Continue reading