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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.
Press release: Threat to Farming, Tourism and Health a major concern for locals who turn out on stormy evening for Protect Our North Coast (PONC) Network meeting Continue reading
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
PROTECT OUR NORTH COAST: PRESS RELEASE
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