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Thursday 28 September 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Fracking

This month
September 2023
An Bord Pleanála rejects application to construct Shannon LNG terminal
US corporation New Fortress Energy had been seeking permission to build the facility on the Shannon Estuary.
All time
Opinion: Only a full ban can save Northern Ireland from the threat posed by fracking
Eddie Mitchell of Love Leitrim outlines concerns of border communities that fracking may be set to get back on the agenda in the North.
Fracking not compatible with human rights law, says Irish study
A new report from NUIG’s Centre for Human Rights calls on the State to use its weight at the UN to push for a global ban on fracking.
Mark Ruffalo says fossil fuel companies want to 'junk Ireland up' with fracked gas
The Greens have brought in some Hollywood big guns to get the PfG over the line
Mark Ruffalo wrote to Varadkar to ask him to 'protect the American people' and block imported US fracked gas
In an email sent to the Taoiseach, the actor said Varadkar had ‘moral’ reasons to not support the import of fracked gas from the US.
Taoiseach unsure if ban on foreign fracked gas would breach international trade law
Concerns have been raised about imported fracked gas being brought in to Ireland through the Port of Cork.
Fracking halted in England over earthquake fears, UK government announces
The UK government’s new stance on the issue follows that of both Labour and Liberal Democrats.
'It's already the case that fracked gas is coming into Ireland from the UK' says Taoiseach
Varadkar said Ireland’s first LNG terminal in the Shannon estuary in north Kerry could be the answer to Ireland’s energy security.
Saoirse McHugh: The Shannon LNG should not be considered any further by the government
The Shannon natural gas terminal could lock us into further decades of fossil fuel reliance.
'A historic day': Ireland on a path to being the 4th country in the world to ban fossil fuel exploration
Costa Rica, Belize and France have already implemented similar measures to end oil activity in their waters.
'A great victory': Onshore fracking is just one step away from being completely banned in Ireland
The Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016 will be signed into law by the president in the coming days.
Fracking: 'We argued and protested. We met at marts and concerts. We persisted and we succeeded'
This was never just about Leitrim though, or even climate change. It was about the health of communities, writes Scott Coombs.
Five-year report outlines dangers of fracking and 'underpins' proposed ban
A bill calling for the banning of fracking in Ireland passed its first stage in Dáil Éireann in October of this year.
Dáil welcomes Bill to ban fracking in Ireland
The Bill to ban the controversial fossil fuel exploration process has passed its first stage in the Dáil.
Poll: Should fracking be banned in Ireland?
Environmentally problematic? Or a way to potentially tap into billions of euros?
Leitrim farmers fear fracking, but researchers deny plan to drill
A local anti-fracking group has vowed to “halt this continuous onslaught on our communities”
Poll: Would you oppose plans for fracking in your area?
Farmers in Leitrim are mounting a campaign to oppose the practice.
Enjoy the cheap petrol while you can because oil prices have probably bottomed out
Here’s why the price of the commodity is heading up again…
New York to ban fracking over health fears
“We can’t afford to make a mistake. The potential dangers are too great.”
Global oil has entered a 'new era' of oversupply - but don't expect much relief at the pump
The government is taking most of the money it costs to fill up your car anyway…
Council set to reconsider controversial energy extraction stance
The introduction of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been criticised for its potential environmental damage.
There will be no decisions made on fracking in Ireland for at least 2 years
The department of Minister of State Joe McHugh has issued a statement in response the announcement by Mark Durkan.
Frack off: Minister blocks test drilling in Fermanagh
Mark H Durkan says that full planning permission is required.
Protests continue at Fermanagh drilling site as worker's home is petrol bombed
The Belcoo site has been home to bitter protests over the use of fracking.
Emergency Leitrim Council meeting calls a halt to mining firm drilling in Belcoo
Communities claim that the drilling in Fermanagh is the first stage in the fracking process.
"We are not going to win overnight." - Anti-fracking activists as company prepares to start drilling
The company says no fracking will take place at the site in Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh.
Cannabis campaigner Mark Fitzsimons on being a 'protest vote' in May's elections
The Dundalk-based local and European elections candidate shares his thoughts on fracking, evictions and why cannabis should be made legal.
Column: Will fracking be added to our energy mix? Ireland has questions to answer first
Until we have an honest discussion about the limited number of energy choices available – and the risks and rewards of each – we will remain entirely at the mercy of global forces, writes Alice Whittaker.
Vintage cars, fracking and the Russian ambassador
Everything happening in Leinster House today.
Column: Ireland can't replicate the US shale gas boom – and it shouldn't try
Ireland would like to replicate the US shale gas boom but geography, history, and lack of energy infrastructure will prevent this – and the risks to the economy might not be worth the benefit from any gas produced, writes John O’Donnell.
Leitrim county councillors vote to ban fracking
Though councillors voted overwhelmingly in favour of the motion, plans in the county can still be approved with one councillor who voted for the ban saying it was “basically a waste of time”.
Pros and cons of fracking in Ireland to be examined by two-year research study
The EPA notes that although there are currently no hydraulic fracturing (fracking) projects under way in Ireland, the gas exploration method “is an emerging issue”.
French court upholds ban on fracking
France banned the practice in 2011 over the objections of the oil industry.
Just four commercial gas discoveries since the 70s but minister remains positive
Junior miniser Fergus O’Dowd has said that the state should provide an environment that encourages companies to take the risks involved in exploration.
PICS: When fracking came to the English countryside
When an Irish photographer found himself in Sussex near fracking protests, he took some fascinating shots.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
Rabbitte: Fracking could be good for Ireland – but only if it’s safe enough
The natural resources minister also denies suggestions that Ireland is “giving away” its oil and gas reserves.
Fracking ‘not a significant cause’ of earthquakes felt on surface: study
A British study says most hydraulic fracking activities release the same amount of energy ‘as jumping off a ladder’.
90% of construction industry insiders believe wind should be primary energy source
A survey has shown that most industry insiders also think €100 or higher would be a fair water charge for a four person household.
Column: The UK is exploring its shale gas future, we should do the same
Fracking is an emotively driven environmental issue – but the Irish government could do worse than follow the UK in opening up the market here for exploration, writes Aaron McKenna.