Statutory Body Reports

“Much of the coverage to date in the traditional media and on the World Wide Web is not peer-reviewed and is often misinformed. Critical evaluations of shale gas fracking and the potential impacts on the environment must be based on peer-reviewed, scientific analyses of quantitative data. Agencies responsible for regulating or monitoring the environmental impacts of shale gas development need to be at the forefront of this effort.”
(Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Subcommittee US, 2011).

The design of any national regulatory framework to protect the environment from hydraulic fracturing operations should start with the supra-national European Union directives and recommendations from working groups in progress.

This gives an on-going account of all actions taken by the European Commission on the subject of Fracking and relevant regulation. It also gives important references and therefore is a valuable source of accurate information on the approach of the EU to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas extraction.

This report describes 18 research projects underway to answer these research questions andpresents the progress made as of September 2012 for each of the projects. Information presented as part of this report cannot be used to draw conclusions about potential impacts to drinking water resources from hydraulic fracturing. The research projects are organized according to five different types of research activities: analysis of existing data, scenario evaluations, laboratory studies, toxicity assessments, and case studies.

A Small Scale Study for the Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland) under the Science, Technology, Research & Innovation for the Environment (STRIVE) Programme 2007 – 2013. GEAI response, press release 13.05.12 [pdf].

The objectives of the draft Framework are to identify and prioritise policy areas and mechanisms where a sustainable development approach will addvalue and enable continuous improvement of quality of life for current and future generations and set out clear measures, responsibilities and timelines in an implementation plan.

The environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing as against other methods of gas extraction.

This paper examines some of the issues relating to the hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) extraction system in the context of licences issued for the Northwest Carboniferous and Clare Basins. It then examines more general issues relating to fracking from an international perspective.

Quantitative data and qualitative impacts are taken from US experience since shale gas extraction in Europe still is in its infancy, while the USA have more than 40 years of experience already having drilled more than 50,000 wells.

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