Fracking update: Bill to ban fracking in Ireland paused until 2017

The Government is to pause Deputy Tony’ McLoughlin’s bill to ban fracking from progressing through the legislative process until June 30, 2017.

The Bill proposing a ban on fracking oil and gas in Ireland was set be voted through in the Dáil on Thursday.

The legislation, proposed by the Fine Gael Deputy for Sligo-Leitrim, would prohibit hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) to obtain shale oil and gas in Ireland.


Fracking Chemicals injected into rock  to free underground gas

Fracking is where water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow upward from deep underground.

Deputy McLoughlin commented “After speaking with Minister Denis Naughten this morning, I wish to clarify, that the Government will be accepting my Private Members Bill which will be debated in the Dáil tomorrow afternoon”.

“I have been advised that the Bill will be accepted and it will pass the Second Stage of the legislative process in the Dail, after the vote takes place next Thursday”.

“The Government has proposed an amendment to tomorrow’s motion, which will pause the Bill’s passage to the Committee Stage until after 30 June 2017”.

“I believe that this is in order to allow due process to take place with regard to the EPA research process and to allow the Department time to consider its findings before the Committee Stage commences”.

The proposed bill has been getting a lot attention this week. Read recently published SWAN (Sustainable Water Networks) Report on Fracking

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