The area in the Clare Basin initially targeted for fracking is Look Head, a peninsula on the west coast of County Clare, bounded on the north and west side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the south by the River Shannon estuary. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,500 km of the finest Coastal Scenery in Ireland.
Enegi Oil received the Options Licence, which is in abeyance until 2016. The company has done some shallow drilling and carried out tests on the shale found in this area. They have applied for a further Exploration Licence which would allow them to carry out hydraulic fracturing throughout Loop Head and possibly expand into the rest of the Clare Basin, which includes part of Limerick, North Kerry (as far as Killarney) and North Cork.