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Sinn Féin will oppose any attempt at fracking at Woodburn – McMullan

20 May, 2016 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said his party remains resolutely opposed to fracking. And he said the company behind ongoing exploratory drilling at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus must address the concerns of the local community. 

The East Antrim MLA said; 

"The local community around Woodburn is very concerned about the ongoing drilling. 

"Not only are they concerned about the potential impact the drilling could have on the environment but also that it could be a precursor to an application to carry out fracking on the site. 

"Sinn Féin is totally and absolutely opposed to fracking anywhere on the island and will block any application if it comes forward. 

"We submitted a motion to the Assembly noting the concerns about the drilling at Woodburn.

"We are calling on the Executive to ensure such applications are not approved until assurances are secured against any negative potential impact on the water supply, environment, tourism or local communities. 

"I have called on several occasions for Infrastrata to meet with local residents and that meeting now needs to happen to address their concerns."

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