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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Fracking

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# dimock proud
PICS: Dimock Proud - fracking and community in Pennsylvania
Photographer Sean Breithaupt travelled to Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania and spoke to people who have had their lives impacted by fracking.
# Fracking
UK lifts 'fracking' ban
The Green Party in Ireland has reiterated its call for a ban on fracking in this country.
# need to know
The Evening Fix… now with added moustache murder
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Fracking
Natural gas field in west Clare confirmed as prospective fracking site
UK-based company Enegi will now apply to the government for an exploration license before the end of February next year.
# Gas
Oireachtas committee to visit Leitrim to discuss fracking
Initial investigations suggest there could be a major gas reserve in the north-west of the country – but the possible use of fracking to extract the gas is highly controversial.
Column: Let’s make sure ‘frackademia’ has no place in Ireland
We tend to assume that science equals ‘truth’ – but when fracking is the issue this isn’t always the case, writes Sian Cowman.
# Fracking
Calls to exclude fossil fuel industry from all fracking research
However, the Environmental Protection Agency has said it would be unlikely that somebody with no links to the fossil fuel industry could produce a report on fracking processes.
# Fracking
Author of pro-fracking study failed to disclose gas interests - watchdog
Charles ‘Chip’ Groat of the University of Texas never told reporters that he holds $1.6m of shares in a gas explorer.
# Fracking
Bulgaria relaxes fracking restrictions
Bulgarian legislators voted today in favour of relaxing a ban on the controversial natural gas drilling method.
# Fracking
Regulator announces €3million fines for fracking safety breaches
Companies engaged in any potential fracking will face stiff penalties including jail if they do not comply with regulations.
# what the frack?
EPA fracking study reveals potential impact on groundwater and earthquakes
The study, commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, states that groundwater contamination is the most serious local environmental concern.
# what the frack?
What the frack? Music video explains what fracking is all about
Watch this fracking hip video about the controversial drilling technique…
# Fracking
UK: Ministers set to approve the extension of fracking
Meanwhile, Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency is undertaking an investigation the possible implications of fracking.
# Labour
Rabbitte: No licences for fracking before EPA finishes research
The communications minister says the Environmental Protection Agency will report back before any fracking can begin.
Interview: ‘It started with nosebleeds’ – what fracking did to one US town
Calvin Tillman was the mayor of a Texas town which was one of the first to encounter ‘fracking’. He tells what happened next.
# Fracking
Polish report: shale gas extraction 'not harmful'
A study in Poland has found that shale gas extraction at one site produced some toxic refuse but that the waste was reused and didn’t harm the environment.
# Fracking
Concerns raised over use of fracking for 'multi-billion euro' gas reserve
A company has said that the gas in north-west Ireland could lead to hundreds of jobs – but environmentalists have urged caution over the controversial technique.
# Fracking
Senator says we should allow fracking - to create jobs
Feargal Quinn suggests that companies could be asked to put up a bond equal to the clean-up cost of any possible environmental damage.
# Fracking
Bulgaria votes overwhelmingly to ban fracking
Bulgaria has banned fracking and revoked a permit for the exploratory drilling for shale gas granted to the US energy giant Chevron.
# Fracking
Donegal and Sligo become latest local authorities to ban fracking
Donegal and Sligo join Clare, Leitrim and Roscommon in clamping down on the controversial practice to extract shale gas.
# Fracking
Seven charged with corruption over shale gas exploration in Poland
Those charged are believed to have been officials from Poland’s environment ministry and companies who carry out the controversial exploration for shale gas.
# Fracking
Total ban on fracking agreed by county council
Councillors in Clare have also called for a national ban of the controversial gas extraction method.
Bumper Sitdown Sunday: 12 deadly reads for Christmas
A special double edition of the very best writing from around the web.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday
In tonight’s Fix: The presidential candidates doing well in the latest opinion polls; tributes flow for Steve Jobs, and who is the Irish Examiner columnist who is accused of plagiarism?
# Fracking
Rabbitte orders review of fracking in response to concerns
The possibility that hydraulic drilling could be carried out in the northwest has raised concern among environmental activists, residents, and politicians.
Column: Want to boost the economy and create jobs? Drill for gas
The Lough Allen basin contains around €10 billion worth of gas – and extracting it could be exactly what Ireland needs, writes energy prospector Richard Moorman.
Column: Never heard of ‘fracking’? You will soon
Several firms hope to use a controversial new drilling method to tap vast gas deposits under Ireland. This could mean environmental devastation, writes filmmaker Johnny Gogan.
# what the frack?
Everything you ever needed to know about fracking
Fracking’ could soon begin in Ireland after sparking angry protests all over the world. So what’s all the fuss about – and what is it?
# Fracking
'Serious concerns' over gas drilling in Lough Allen area
Underground gas worth €120billion could be tapped by the controversial ‘fracking’ process, which some have linked to serious environmental damage.