EPA – UGEE

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Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (UGEE) is an emerging issue in Ireland and involves high volume 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.

  • View more information on the Invitation to Tender for a 2-year Research Programme

  • Learn more about the EPA Public Consultation (11th January – 8th March 2013)

  • Read more information on the Fracking and Health Research Workshop, which took place in London on the 15th November 2013

    EPA/DCENR/NIEA Research Programme on UGEE

    Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (UGEE) is an emerging issue in Ireland and involves high volume 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.

    More information

    For more information and queries, please contact research@epa.ie.

    Please note that all queries related to the Tender should be submitted via e-Tenders only.

    Invitation to Tender

    The EPA has invited tenders for a two-year research programme to further our understanding of the potential impacts on the environment and human health from UGEE projects/operations (including construction, operation and aftercare). This research will involve an extensive desk-based literature review of UGEE practices worldwide and some baseline-monitoring. It has been designed to produce outputs, which will assist regulators (North and South) in fulfilling their statutory roles regarding this activity. This research programme is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). The research programme will be managed by a steering committee comprising the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government; DCENR; the Geological Survey of Ireland; Commission for Energy Regulation; An Bord Pleanála; Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the Health Services Executive (nominated, following the Public Consultation).

     

    Important Dates

    • 22nd November 2013: Invitation to Tender advertised via e-Tenders and OJEU
    • 9th January 2014 at 5pm: Deadline for queries (to be submitted via e-Tenders website only)
    • 17th January 2014 at 12pm: Deadline for submission of Tenders

    Documentation

    Queries

    All queries related to the Tender should be submitted via E-Tenders

    Public Consultation

    The EPA launched a public consultation on the draft Terms of Reference on the 11th January 2013, which closed on the 8th March 2013. 1,356 submissions were received. The EPA and the Steering Committee have now reviewed the submissions. The draft Terms of Reference were amended and strengthened after this public consultation.

    Submissions

    All valid submissions are available for download at the following link: View the submissions.

    Related Documentation

    More Information

    For more information, please contact research@epa.ie