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What is ‘Fracking?’


‘Fracking’ is short for hydraulic fracturing, this is a highly industrialised process which involves pumping a mix of water, sand and chemicals under huge pressure into gas-bearing rock.

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has granted three licences in Ireland for shale gas exploration. If the companies decide to go ahead with gas production, fracking will be used to extract the gas. The areas affected include Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Limerick, Cork and Kerry. Licences have also been issued in Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.


Leitrim Landscape


What are the main concerns?


There is a wide range of concerns with this process. The main concerns include;


  • Recent research is proving that there are significant long term human health impacts associated with this process.
  • Huge water usage, with a risk of contamination of water (surface and underground). This process will produce millions of gallons of polluted flow-back water that will require safe disposal.
  • Air pollution due to volatile chemicals and methane being released into the atmosphere.
  • Climate change due to release of methane into the atmosphere.
  • The industrialisation of the area being fracked with drilling pads every 2 kilometres.
  • Damage to roads and infrastructure caused by increased truck traffic, each drilling pad can involve thousands of truck journeys.
  • There is the potential risk to Ireland’s reputation as a clean green country, as a major food exporter and tourist destination. Large numbers of jobs are dependent on our green image.


What can I do?

  • Firstly get informed.
  • Lobby your local, national and European politicians. Ask for a ban in Ireland and Europe.
  • Join your local anti-fracking group.

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Thank you for reading this, please help us to keep Ireland fracking free.