Fracking in Ireland

The Environmental Protection Agency commissioned a report in 2016 on fracking in Ireland and concluded that fracking could go ahead on the island of Ireland while protecting human health, if best practices are followed. However lack of data/information on certain areas (groundwater pollution, seismicity and gas emissions) led the authors to recommend more studies to be undertaken in these areas to investigate the full impacts. 

However, in 2017 the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Act was passed into law, banning onshore fracking in Ireland. This decision was met with plaudits from environmental groups, who also pointed out that the bill does not probihit hydraulic fracturing offshore. 

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