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Protest to take place at site of oil drilling in Woodburn Forest

Campaigners opposed to oil exploration close to a reservoir that supplies much of north Belfast's drinking water will protest at the site today
Campaigners opposed to oil exploration close to a reservoir that supplies much of north Belfast's drinking water will protest at the site today

By Linda Stewart

Campaigners opposed to oil exploration close to a reservoir that supplies much of north Belfast's drinking water will protest at the site today.

The Stop The Drill campaign believes InfraStrata is poised to start work on the site at Woodburn Forest this morning.

Activists say they are concerned that the company does not have a waste management plan in place for an exploratory well. The campaigners called for supporters to come to the drill site at 9am or earlier, adding: "We are calling for a peaceful, positive show of opposition."

The company, which believes there could be 25 million barrels of oil at the site, was recently granted a five-year extension on its five-year licence by Stormont.

Councillors were told work would start on February 15. However, they learned that a waste management plan for the scheme had yet to be approved by Mid and East Antrim Council. A council spokesman confirmed one was required "prior to the commencement of exploratory drilling. InfraStrata has been informed accordingly."

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