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The UGEE Joint Research Programme reports are now available for download. Click here to view the reports.
There are 11 reports published:
Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (UGEE) involves hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of low permeability rock to permit the extraction of natural gas on a commercial scale from unconventional sources such as shale gas deposits, coal seams and tight sandstones (Figure 1).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a contract to a consortium led by CDM Smith Ireland Limited (view more details), who will carry out a 24-month research programme looking at the potential impacts on the environment and human health from UGEE projects and operations (including construction, operation and aftercare). The research programme is composed of five projects and will involve field studies (baseline monitoring of water and seismicity), as well as an extensive desk-based literature review of UGEE practices worldwide.
No fracking will be undertaken as part of the research programme.
The research programme is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, DCCAE (formerly DCENR and the Environment Division of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG)) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). The research programme is managed by a steering committee comprising the EPA, representatives from DCCAE, the Geological Survey of Ireland, Commission for Energy Regulation, An Bord Pleanála, NIEA, the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the Health Services Executive.
Public Consultation on the draft Terms of Reference for the proposed research programme
January – March 2013
Invitation to tender for the 24-month research programme
Award of the contract for the research programme to a consortium led by CDM Smith Ireland Limited
UGEE Joint Research Programme
Starting in August 2014
February 2015: Project A1 -Groundtruthing survey
April 2015: UGEE Joint Research Programme Tasks Update
July 2015: UGEE Joint Research Programme Tasks Update
December 2015: UGEE Joint Research Programme Tasks Update
Review the outputs of the First Phase
Preparation of an Integrated Report
Publication of the Research Outputs from the First Phase
November 2016: Publication of 11 reports (View reports)
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