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McMullan calls on InfraStrata to meet protest group

6 April, 2016 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin representative for East Antrim Oliver McMullan and Gerry Kelly of North Belfast met today with representatives from InfraStrata plc to discuss the exploratory drilling site in Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus.

Mr McMullan said;

"The purpose of this meeting was to express the genuinely held concerns of people in the local community. 

"The site is near the Woodburn Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to Larne, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey and North Belfast so it is imperative any project is safe and fully transparent to the public.

"We have asked InfraStrata to meet directly with a representative delegation of the 'Stop the Drill' protest group to address their concerns.

"People have the right to know what exploratory drilling in the area will involve and to have clarity on the process. 

"I have met with the protestors previously and I will be requesting another meeting following on from today's meeting."

Gerry Kelly said:

"DETI and DOE, who have been involved from the inception of this project, and who have authorised the licensing and drilling for the project have a responsibility to deal with issues of concern to the public.

"Sinn Féin representatives have raised this issue at Assembly and Executive level. 

"We have put questions to NI Water, who are the owners of the land, but we are still awaiting response." 

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