Expert engineer to speak in Bushmills

Public meeting in Bushmills

Still confused about Fracking?
What does oil and gas exploration mean for the North Coast?

You are invited to a talk by chartered engineer and oil industry expert, Michael Hill B.Sc. C.Eng. MIET Fracking: Safety and Regulations

7.30pm, Wednesday 28th May Dunluce Parish Centre, 13 Priestland Rd, Bushmills

The North Coast is currently subject to a petroleum exploration licence, granted by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI), to Rathlin Energy Ltd, a Canadian-owned company. The licence covers a large area from Magilligan in the west to Ballycastle in the east, and as far south as Garvagh.

The company has applied to drill an exploratory well at Ballinlea in Co. Antrim. It wants to drill down, 2700m deep, into the shale layer, to test the potential of the well for commercial oil or gas extraction. They’ve said conventional oil extraction would mean 4 wells in every square mile – and if they want to extract unconventional oil/gas (shale gas or coalbed methane) that would require many more, resulting in thousands of wells in the licenced area.

Michael Hill has contributed to the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering reports on Shale gas and provided advice to select committees and hearings in Brussels.

Contact Ballinlea Residents Group on 07836 356253 or if you would like more information.

This event is supported by the Good Energies Alliance Ireland.


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