International activists join drill protest at Woodburn

The Stop the Drill protest has been backed by environmental campaigners, including Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo. Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Gareth McKeown

ENVIRONMENTAL activists from across the world yesterday joined the protest against the controversial drilling of land at Woodburn forest, Co Antrim.

In a show of solidarity an international 'Friends of the Earth' delegation broke off from their Europe Network AGM in Carlingford, Co Louth to travel to the oil and gas exploration site, near Carrickfergus, where a drilling rig was brought on Monday.

Campaigners opposed to drilling at site are going to court today to seek an injunction to stop the Infrastrata project going ahead.

One of the main issues of concerns is that because the drilling site is close to a reservoir that supplies drinking water to thousands of homes could be affected.

Infrastrata, who have been granted a 50 year lease on the site from NI Water, has rejected suggestions its practices are unsafe.

Friends of the Earth Europe Director, Magda Stoczkiewicz said showing support for those opposed to the Woodburn project was "simple necessity".

The Chair of Friends of the Earth International, Jagoda Munic added: "I'm glad to be able stand shoulder to shoulder with the community in Woodburn. We simply can't afford to open up any new areas to fossil fuel extraction."

The Friends of the Earth Europe Network AGM is taking place in Carlingford, Co Louth this week from Tuesday to Thursday. It is the first time it has taken place in Ireland.


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