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# Natural Resources

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Filmmaker Risteard Ó Domhnaill: 'It's time for us to take ownership of our natural resources'
How many of us really know what is going on in our coastal communities, asks director of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill.
How will 'unprecedented' levels of oil and gas exploration affect wildlife?
The Government has announced a new plan to carry out surveys of areas of potential exploration.
There will be no decisions made on fracking in Ireland for at least 2 years
The department of Minister of State Joe McHugh has issued a statement in response the announcement by Mark Durkan.
From The Pipe to the Atlantic: telling the story of Irish marine resources
The maker of the acclaimed documentary The Pipe is appealing for help in finishing his newest film.
Here's what Ireland's new system of postcodes will look like
The format of the seven-digit Eircode has been detailed.
Column: Can big data save our planet’s forests?
Are we winning the fight against deforestation? Now there’s a way to check – and hold businesses and governments to account, write Oliver Mylius and Hans Zomer.
Bids for Bord Gáis Energy are "not acceptable" - Rabbitte
The gas provider will stay in State ownership after a suitable bid was not received by the government.
Pros and cons of fracking in Ireland to be examined by two-year research study
The EPA notes that although there are currently no hydraulic fracturing (fracking) projects under way in Ireland, the gas exploration method “is an emerging issue”.
Monaghan mine could end up producing €70 million worth of gold per year
A company carrying out exploration work says there could be up to 20 million ounces of the mineral in the geological area known as the ‘Longford-Down Massif’.
Mayo farmer to face criminal damage charge over Shell protest
Gerry Bourke is insisting he did nothing wrong, and is vowing to keep up his protest against the Corrib Gas Project.
€20 million seismic survey hopes to reveal Ireland's true oil and gas wealth
Offshore explorers have welcomed the new push to figure out exactly what may lie under Ireland’s western waters,
Rabbitte: Fracking could be good for Ireland – but only if it’s safe enough
The natural resources minister also denies suggestions that Ireland is “giving away” its oil and gas reserves.
'Several hundred million barrels' of oil may lie in new Petrel site off Kerry
Petrel Resources says it is holding talks with prospective partners after a second site in the Porcupine Basin suggests oil.
Coillte exports reach 'record number' of countries in 2012
The forestry exported to a record 32 countries last year, including Bahrain, Lebanon, Mexico and South Africa.
Column: We believe economic growth can save us… but can it?
Our blind faith in growing the economy may be ignoring some important facts, writes Dermot McNally.
UN Special Rapporteur "concerned" about Shell to Sea protesters
Margaret Sekaggya said there is “tangible frustration amongst local residents who are standing up for their rights”.
Shell to Sea claims 'devastating mismanagement' of oil and gas resources
The group has released a report saying exploration companies believe oil and gas within Irish waters is worth €1.6 trillion.
How much is the Barryroe oil find actually worth to us?
The Barryroe well, 50km south of Cork, is Ireland’s first commercially viable oil well. But what can Ireland get out of it?
Gas well at Barryroe oil site is 'highly productive'
The gas reservoir at the site of the successful oil drilling operation “far exceeded expectations”, Providence Resources says.
Irish company successfully taps commercially viable oil well off Cork
Providence Resources says the rate of oil being tapped from the Barryroe well is almost twice what had been expected.’s progress report for the Government: Communications, technology
How has Pat Rabbitte gotten on in implementing the promises of the Programme for Government? We’ve had a look.
Column: For now, Ireland’s oil reserves are best off in private hands
Yes, our oil resources are rich – but the cost of exploiting them means we’re better off leaving it to commercial firms, writes Simon Tuohy.
Energy efficiency can create jobs
A European Commission ban on 60 watt light bulbs came into effect today, as we’re told we must make ourselves 20 per cent more energy efficient by 2020.
Everything you ever needed to know about fracking
‘Fracking’ could soon begin in Ireland after sparking angry protests all over the world. So what’s all the fuss about – and what is it?
'Serious concerns' over gas drilling in Lough Allen area
Underground gas worth €120billion could be tapped by the controversial ‘fracking’ process, which some have linked to serious environmental damage.
A 'case study in mismanagement' - Irish oil company's view of Shell at Corrib
Petrel Resources wants to drill for oil off the south west coast of Ireland. The company’s MD says resistance from local people and “crackpots” is something that “has to be managed”.
Financial supports for wind, wave and tidal energy creation "not appropriate"
ESRI Review of Irish Energy Policy also makes case for bringing Corrib gas field to production “rapidly” – and says nuclear power will not work for Ireland.
Sinn Féin motion would revoke Corrib and Lough Allen licences
A private members’ bill to be discussed in the Dáil this week would see the State take majority ownership of gas and oil finds.