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Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE)



The exploration for and extraction of onshore petroleum by means of hydraulic fracturing is prohibited in Ireland following the enactment of the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Act 2017, which can be viewed he​re.

Background Information

The Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) Joint Research Programme was directed at examining the potential environmental and human health impacts of hydraulic fracturing. The programme was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).

Research which was coordinated by the EPA, was undertaken by a group of independent organisations including, CDM Smith, British Geological Survey, University College Dublin, Ulster University, Queens University Belfast, AMEC Foster Wheeler and Philip Lee Solicitors.

The project began in 2014 and the final report, which was published in 2016, can be found here.


The Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment Scrutiny of the Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016 can be viewed here.​