Warning on potential Fracking in Ireland
Fracking as yet has not happened in Ireland but efforts are being made in that direction particularly in the border areas. Shale gas has been detected in an area known as the Northwest Ireland Carboniferous Basin, which comprises parts of counties Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo, Cavan, Donegal and Fermanagh.
Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – is a means of extracting natural gas from sedimentary rocks such as shale. This gas is trapped in shale rock a couple of miles underground. The process involves drilling horizontal wells deep into underground rock and then pumping in a mixture of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure. The mix fractures the rock and creates and maintains openings that allow the gas to seep out into the well for collection.
It has come to light that a study is being carried out by pro-fracking consultants/ corporations engaged by the EPA. In simple language this means that the Oil and Gas Industry are writing the EPA study. Therefore it is not an independent study!
There is a rally being held in Dublin at Leinster House on Thursday November 5th 2015 at 12.30PM. Please come out to support this if you live in the Dublin area.
Another important thing to do is send a letter to your local TDs urging them to stop the study.