Woodburn Forest Fracking Blockade (Ireland)


NEWS FLASH FROM STOP THE DRILL!! – It’s all over for infrastrata in Woodburn. It’s a “dry hole”.

Here’s the Press Release: “InfraStrata plc (AIM:INFA), the independent petroleum exploration and gas storage company, announces that drilling has been completed at Woodburn Forest in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The well was drilled to a depth of 2,000 metres and encountered two conventional sandstone reservoir intervals, the Triassic Sherwood and the Lower Permian Sandstones. Wireline log analysis has calculated porosities of over 20% in the upper parts of both the Sherwood and the Lower Permian Sandstones but both targets were water wet. The well will now be plugged and abandoned.”

But it’s not over for NI Water, NIEA, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council or PSNI. We’ll be reclaiming the forest and the water for our people. NI Water are unfit to protect our water.

More: https://www.facebook.com/DontDrillAntrimWater/

Fracking company Infrastrata are trying to construct the pad for an exploration drilling site the Woodburn Forest in County Antrim to the north of Carrickfergus. As with a number of other supposedly conventional exploration wells in recent years the well is planned to be drilled considerably deeper than its main conventional targets to acquire data for potentially unconventional extraction. The site in very close to a major reservoir and local community have mobilsed to blockade the site. The drilling rig has arrived but the community is resisting Infrastrata at every turn.

Planning Applications

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Licensee Location Type Stage Activity Planning ID Submitted Decision Status Consultation
Infrastrata PLCWoodburn-ForestShale (Drilled)ExplorationAbandonedWoodburn-Forest28/08/201319/12/2013Permitted developmentClosed

Environmental Permits

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