Friends of the Earth to show ‘solidarity’ at Woodburn

The rig is delivered to the Woodburn site.  INCT 20-720-CON
The rig is delivered to the Woodburn site. INCT 20-720-CON

Representatives from Friends of the Earth are travelling to Woodburn Forest to show solidarity with those opposed to a controversial oil and gas exploration project.

European Directors from 25 countries have suspended their AGM in Carlingford to join the anti-drilling protest outside Carrickfergus this afternoon (Wednesday).

Stop the Drill campaigners are going to court on Thursday to seek an injunction to stop InfraStrata from going ahead with drilling after permission was granted last week for a judicial review.

The drilling site is close to a reservoir that supplies drinking water to thousands of homes.

However, InfraStrata have maintained that the site will be “zero discharge”.

Friends of the Earth Europe Director, Magda Stoczkiewicz, said: “Standing in solidarity with the local people of Woodburn, who are fighting to protect their water, their forest and our climate, is simple necessity.”

Protest action intensified at Woodburn after a drilling rig was delivered to the site earlier this week.

The vehicles delivering the equipment have been spotted ‘sinking’ in the soft earth at the wellpad, according to campaigners.