Rathlin Island is the only inhabited offshore island in Northern Ireland, with a population of over 100 people, and is only 25 km from the Mull of Kintyre, the southern tip of Scotland’s Kintyre peninsula. The island is a Special Area of Conservation in Northern Ireland (SAC), and a Special Protected Area (SPA). It is home to tens of thousands of seabirds, including common guillemots,kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills. It is a popular place for birdwatchers, with a nature reserve offering spectacular views of Rathlin’s bird colony. It is unbelievable that this unique bird sanctuary could be considered a possible area for fracking!
Providence plc obtained an exploratory licence for Rathlin Island and its off-shore waters. In 2014 they recinded their licence, stating that their project was not viable. The area is still offered for oil and gas exploration and the possibility is still there that another company might come in and continue exploration.