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Sinn Féin MLA to meet Infrastrata over public concerns around drilling - McMullan

4 March, 2016 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan will meet Infrastrata, the company behind plans for controversial drilling in Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus to raise the concerns of the local community. 

 The East Antrim MLA said; 

 "There is considerable opposition in the Carrickfergus, North Belfast and the wider east Antrim area to the plans by Infrastrata to carry out drilling in Woodburn Forest. 

 "Infrastrata have now agreed to meet me and I will be raising the fears of the local community with the company at that meeting. 

 “Clearly there are serious concerns about this scheme including the process that has lead to this point and the impact any drilling could potentially have on the water table. 

 “The community was not properly consulted about the plans to drill at Woodburn Forest and I will be raising this and other issues surrounding the impact of drilling on the water table directly with Infrastrata."

 “I have also written to the Ministers responsible at the departments for Environment and Enterprise Trade and Investment.

 “Mid and East Antrim Council need to reveal any discussions held in committee and need to ensure all processes are open and transparent to the public.

 “Sinn Fein are totally opposed to fracking of which some groups have raised as being a future possibility at the Woodburn forest.

 “I intend to visit the protest site with my party colleague Gerry Kelly to show our public support for due process and to share the apprehensions of citizens”

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