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Poll: Should we ban fracking in Ireland?

Clare County Council has agreed a total ban on fracking and is urging the government to implement a national ban on the process, but what do you think?

A rig that drills for shale gas in Washington, Pennsylvania (File photo)
A rig that drills for shale gas in Washington, Pennsylvania (File photo)
Image: Keith Srakocic/AP/Press Association Images

CLARE COUNTY COUNCIL has in principle agreed a total ban on the process of ‘fracking‘ and has urged the government to ban the practice of extracting shale gas nationwide.

In short, fracking is a method of pumping water and chemicals deep underground at extremely high pressures in order to break-up or fracture rock formations and allow pockets of naturally occurring shale gas to escape. Read more here >

Proponents of the practice argue that there is a serious economic benefit to extracting the gas from deep beneath parts of Cavan, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo in terms of revenue and jobs but those against have raised concerns about the possible contamination of water supplies.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Pat Rabbitte has already ordered that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carry out a review of the process. But do you think fracking should be banned in Ireland?

Poll Results:

Yes (1696)
Wait and see what EPA says (699)
No (417)
Don't know (142)

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Hugh O'Connell

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