Manorhamilton meeting hears implications of Antrim drilling

A meeting took place in Manorhamilton last night to review the impact of the situation at a site in northern Ireland on the north west region in relation to fracking.

A company called Infrastrata started drilling in the last two weeks hoping to find oil in the Woodburn Forest area in Antrim.

Locals there have been mounting protests against these plans right throughout the exploratory phase of work citing environmental concerns and in particular the threat to the local water supply.

Northern Ireland Water, which owns the land, states that a risk assessment has been carried out and the project poses no threat to the water supply.

It led to campaigners including those from Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal to take part in a ‘Stop the Drill’ protest in Belfast and the forest itself earlier this week.

Last night’s meeting was attended by the leaders of a number of anti-fracking groups in the border region including Leslie O’Hora of the Green Party in Leitrim and he is also a member of the Good Energies Alliance.

He has told Ocean FM today, that the implications of this are widespread and more awareness is needed: