… the original licences (click CE1-04 and CE2-04) under which the well was drilled at Ballinlea, Co.Antrim, in 2008, were specifically for the exploration of commercial Coalbed Methane and Shale Gas potential in the Rathlin Basin? The licences were held originally by Rathlin Energy Ltd’s Canadian owner, Connaught Energy Ltd, and were transferred to Rathlin Energy Ltd in 2007.
“This Licence CE1/04 and licence CE2/04 form part of a single integrated exploration programme over the Rathlin Basin. The core elements of this programme are:
- the development of a hydrocarbon system for the basin,
- the drilling of one shallow well to provide core, from the Ballycastle Carboniferous coal and organic-rich shale section, that will be analysed for CBM [Coalbed Methane] potential,
- the drilling of one exploration well, in the Rathlin Basin, to evaluate the Carboniferous section for commercial coalbed methane and gas shale potential,
- the evaluation of the results from the above to produce a final prospectivity assessment of the licence areas.”
They can only extract this gas, for commercial production, by fracking.