EPA report says fracking could go ahead but highlights paucity of environmental data.

Study released a month after Dail vote on Bill to outlaw the controversial process.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has said fracking could proceed in Ireland.

Tony McLoughlin, T.D., Fine Gael.
Tony McLoughlin, T.D.,
Fine Gael.

However, a report by the agency references concerns over three environmental impacts about which it states there is insufficient data at present

Released today, the findings have come a month after the Dáil unanimously supported a bill to ban fracking published by Sligo-Leitrim Fine Gael Deputy, Tony McLoughlin

Commenting this afternoon, McLoughlin said the Bill provided for a clear and unequivocal position to be taken concerning the “exploration and extraction of petroleum from shale rock, tight sands and coal seams on the Irish onshore and also in our internal waters.

The Bill “did not seek to simply ban the technology associated with fracking,” he said, “rather it seeks to ban the act of taking oil and gas out of the ground, where usually fracking would be needed.”

Minister of State, Denis Naughten says it is his opinion the EPA report justifies the decision to continue to ban hydraulic fracking in the country.