In pictures: Drilling begins at Woodburn Forest

The drill site at Woodburn.
The drill site at Woodburn.

Campaigners against an oil drilling operation at Woodburn Forest in Carrickfergus have said it is a ‘sad morning’ as work gets underway.

There had previously been some uncertainty over the status of the site, with the company Infrastrata claiming on its website that drilling started on Monday, while the Stop the Drill group disputed this.

PACEMAKER BELFAST  17/05/2016

PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/05/2016

However, in a statement on Tuesday, campaigners said that the first well has indeed now been drilled, but they will continue to protest over the works.

PACEMAKER BELFAST  17/05/2016

PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/05/2016

PACEMAKER BELFAST  17/05/2016

PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/05/2016

PACEMAKER BELFAST  17/05/2016

PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/05/2016