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Loophead (fmn 109)   27 May 2013

Contact: Becky:

Clare Fracking Concerned is now called Fracking Free Clare.
We met Annie Kia on Tuesday this week. We had a fantastic workshop with her hearing about the Lock The Gate Campaign and the nitty gritty about what has worked for them along the way. The social movement approach- engaging everyday citizens in the campaign seems to be a really solid and achievable approach to keeping the frackers out.
Our group are very interested in exploring the Lock the Gate method of campaigning. If you know of other groups who would also be interested it’d be great to link up. As Annie says the more yellow triangles these companies see the louder the message that fracking is not wanted here is heard. I think it’d be a fantastic global movement….

Website Fracking Free Clare:


Dutchess Opportunity

Geologist casts doubt on shale gas claims

A geologist has cast doubt on claims that there is a vast reservoir of shale gas in west Clare of up to 3.86trn cubic feet.

Last night, three geologists addressed a group in the west Clare resort of Kilkee who are opposing plans by a British–based energy company, Enegi, to commence fracking to extract the shale gas in west Clare. In December, Enegi had published a study which found recoverable resource estimates for the area to between 1.49trn cubic feet and 3.86trn cubic feet of shale gas.

However, senior lecturer at UCD Peter Haughton said he would not be as optimistic as Enegi in terms of the reserves.

“They have to talk it up and be bullish and optimistic about the reserves in order to attract investment,” said Dr Haughton. “It is early days and the data supporting what Enegi is claiming is not in the public domain.”

He said fracking in the right place with the right regulations “is okay”.

West Clare–based consultant geologist Martin McKeown said Enegi’s estimates “could be realistic but there are more likely to be unrealistic”.

Mr McKeown pointed out Enegi has yet to drill a borehole in the area: “I hope they see sense and the arguments against the plan.”

Enegi is due to lodge its application for an exploration licence to the Department of Energy before the end of February.

Monday, February 04, 2013
By Gordon Deegan
Irish Times


Clare Fracking Concerned announce details of a unique fracking seminar – The Truth about Clare Shale – the geological perspective on fracking in Clare.

Venue: Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee, Co. Clare
Date: Sunday February 3rd 2013
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

The Clare Fracking Concerned group was set up by some Clare locals on hearing of the licensing option taken out by Enegi Oil Plc in relation to potentially exploiting the Clare Shales in the Loop Head area. In January 2012, after doing some research in the Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) and meeting with other concerned groups from Leitrim, we presented our findings to a meeting of Clare County Council. At that meeting a motion was carried by Clare County Council to effectively ban fracking in County Clare.

We’ve organised a number of public meetings in Kilkee and Ennis over the last year in an attempt to highlight the issue within County Clare.

There is a lot of information available generally in relation to the potential health hazards and harmful chemicals currently associated with fracking, but specific questions in relation to the geological make up of the target area have arisen. We would welcome the opportunity for some of these questions to be clarified professionally and have organised this particular seminar with that in mind.

This once-off seminar is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in the whole area of fracking, for or against – to explore it, dissect it and deconstruct it with the help of 3 highly esteemed Geologists – Professor Pat Shannon & Dr. Peter Haughtan (UCD) and Professor Geoff Clayton (Trinity).

The aim of the seminar is to understand in layman’s terms the structure of the Clare Shales (as well as the layers above and below them), the potential for natural gas being present and its suitability for gas extraction by fracking.

On November 30th, Enegi Oil Plc issued a press release indicating that it intended to proceed and apply for an exploration license for the areas covered by the Option. Enegi made the following statement:
“The Company is pleased to announce that results of the work programme indicate that given the maturity, thickness and buried depth of the shale, the whole area under the Option remains prospective for shale gas.”  (PR is attached)

Topics for the Seminar (also see suggested questions attached):

 Professor Geoff Clayton:

‘Thermal History of the Clare Basin’, possibly combined with ‘Fractures and their contents in the Clare Basin’.

Dr. Peter Haughton:
Sediments of the Clare Basin and their suitability for fracking’.

Professor Pat Shannon:
A Summary of data on the availability of hydrocarbons in the Clare Basin’.

Kevin Heapes
West Clare Anti Fracking campaign
Clare Fracking Concerned

Suggested topics for questions at the Fracking Seminar on 3rd February

Power Point Presentation Clare

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Group claim –  (13 Jan 2013)

Eddie Mitchell travelled to Co. Clare

I visited West Clare at the week end met a many dedicated and informed citizens concerned about the possibility of Hydraulic fracturing for shale Gas going ahead in their region. For comparison I have looked at Alberta and placed the map of west Clare at the same scale the Canadian landscape.
There are 3.23 pads/square mile in this scenario.
In correspondence with Richard Moorman in relation to the Lough Allen Basin he proposed 1 number 7 acre pad per square mile ( see attached). The pads in the images attached are only 3.5 acres in size.
Has the company give any indication about pad density or well density?

Fracking West Clare – Power Point Presentation

Fracking West Clare – pdf

Fracking Update December 2012
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 (fracking update pdf )

Clare Licensing Option
Enegi Oil holds the only licensing option granted to date in Clare. The area under license is 495 km2. The government offered a large area known as the Clare Basin, which comprises most of west and north Clare and parts of Kerry, Limerick and Cork, but Enegi Oil expressed an interest only in the area of west Clare that comprises the Loop Head Peninsula. It is this smaller area that is covered by the licensing option (see overleaf for list of townlands).

The terms of the licensing option granted in February 2011 require Enegi Oil to submit a programme of works to the Petroleum Affairs Division of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources by November, and the DCENR has confirmed that the company has done this. The company has said it will publish this programme once it has been granted an exploration license. It must submit its application for an exploration license by the end of February 2013.

Irish Government Actions
The Irish government commissioned a preliminary report on hydraulic fracturing from the University of Aberdeen, which was published in May 2012 (see EPA website).

Questions have been raised about the impartiality of this report. The University of Aberdeen is heavily sponsored by the oil and gas industry. The author of the study, Dr. David Healy, has received funding from Total E&P UK and BG International. The study for the EPA based its conclusions in part on a study from the University of Texas at Austin which found that fracking did not contaminate groundwater, a study which has since been discredited due to an undeclared conflict of interest on the part of the study’s director (he is a director of a company engaged in fracking).

The government is now planning to commission a more comprehensive study and has said that hydraulic fracturing will not be allowed until the report has been completed and considered, sometime in 2014.

NOTE 1: The government has not said that it will wait to issue exploration licenses until the results of the study are considered, only that it will not allow hydraulic fracturing for exploration. This leaves the door open for drilling deep vertical wells, which is the step that precedes hydraulic fracturing.

NOTE 2: The EPA has no regulatory role in the exploration phase. All environmental and health monitoring in the exploration stage would be the responsibility of the DCENR.

For further information, see the following websites:
Or email:,

Townlands in Enegi Oil licensing option area

(Source: Licensing option documents, obtained by FOI request):

Acres, Ahaga, Alva, Aughagarna, Ballard, Ballycurraun, Ballykett, Ballymacrinan, Ballymacurtaun, Ballynagun East, Ballynagun West, Ballynote East, Ballynote West, Ballyonan or Doonaghboy, Ballyurra, Baunmore, Bellia, Binvoran, Bleanmore, Breaghva, Breaghva (ED Clooncoorha), Breaghva (ED Moyarta), Brisla East, Brisla West, Burrane Lower, Burrane Upper, Caheraghacullin, Cahercannavan, Caherfeenick South, Caherfeenick North, Caherlean, Cahermurphy, Cammoge, Cappagh, Carnaun, Carrow, Carrowbane, Carrowblough Beg, Carrowblough More, Carrowdotia North, Carrowdotia South, Carrowfree, Carrowlagan, Carrowmore, Carrowmore North, Carrowmore South, Carrownaweelaun, Carrowncalla North, Carrowncalla South, Carrowniska North, Carrowniska South, Cassarnagh, Castlepark, Clarefield, Cloghaun Beg (East), Cloghaun Beg (West), Cloghaun More (East), Cloghaun More (West), Cloghaunbeg, Cloghauninchy, Cloghaunnatinny, Cloghaunsavaun, Clonderalaw, Cloonadrum, Cloonconeen, Clooncullin, Clooneenagh, Clooneylissaun, Cloonmore, Cloonnagarnaun, Cloonnakilla (ED Glenmore), Cloonreddan, Cloonwhite North, Cloonwhite South, Coolmuinga, Corbally, Craggaknock East, Craggaknock West, Craggaun, Creegh North, Creegh South, Cross, Cross Beg, Cross More, Dangananella East, Dangananella West, Derreen, Derreen, Derrybrick, Derrylough, Derrynalecka (ED Kilmurry), Doon Beg, Doonaha East, Doonaha West, Doonmore, Doonnagurroge, Dough, Drimna, Drumdigus, Drumellihy (Cunningham), Drumellihy (Mac Donnell), Drumellihy (Westby), Drumellihy (Westropp), Dunneill, Durha, Dysert, Einagh, Emlagh, Farrihy, Feagahroge, Feeard, Finnor Beg, Finnor More, Fodry, Foohagh, Furroor Lower, Furroor Upper, Garraun, Garraunnatooha, Glascloon, Gortnaskagh, Gower North, Gower South, Gowerhass, Kilbaha North, Kilbaha South, Kilballyowen, Kilcarroll, Kilcasheen, Kilclehaun, Kilclogher, Kilcredaun, Kildeema, Kifearagh, Kilkee Lower, Kilkee Upper, Killard, Killeenagh, Killinny, Kilmacduane East, Kilmacduane West, Kilmihil, Kilmore, Kilmurry East, Kilmurry West, Kilnagalliagh, Kilrush, Kiltrellig, Kiltumper, Kinlea, Knock, Knockaderreen, Knockerry East, Knockerry West, Knockmore, Knocknagarhoon, Knocknahila More (North), Knocknahila More (South), Knocknahooan, Knocknahooan, Knockroe, Lack East, Lack West, Lacken, Leadmore East, Leadmore West, Leaheen, Leitrim, Lisdeen, Lisgurreen, Lisheencrony, Lisheenfurroor, Lisheenydeen, Lisluinaghan, Lismuse, Lissalougha, Lissanair, Lissyneillan, Moanmore Lower, Moanmore North, Moanmore South, Moanmore Upper, Molosky, Molougha, Moneen, Mountrivers, Moveen East, Moveen West, Moyadda Beg, Moyadda More, Moyarta East, Moyarta West, Moyasta, Moyglass Beg, Moyne, Newtown East, Newtown West, Oughterard, Parknamoney, Poulnadarree, Querrin, Quilty, Quilty West, Rahaniska, Rahona East, Rahona West, Rapepark, Rehy East, Rehy West, Rinemackaderrig, Rineroe, Ross, Seafield, Shandrum, Shanganagh, Sheeaun, Sragh, Tarmon, Teernagloghane, Teervarna, Termon East, Termon West, Thomastown, Tonavoher, Tromra East, Tromra West, Tromracastle, Trusklieve, Tullabrack, Tullabrack East, Tullabrack West, Tullagower, Tullaher, Tullaroe, Tullig, Tullycreen Lower, Tullycreen Upper

Clare protesters vow to fight against fracking on Irish shores (11 December 2012)



Clare basin update clare-basin-update-30-november-2012-final  pdf

Clare basin update – clare-basin-update-30-november-2012-final pdf

ENEGI Oil hires Fugro to assess Ireland onshore shale project (Sept. 2012)

More about enegi oil:

LONDON (SHARECAST) – Canada and Ireland-focused oil and gas group Enegi Oil says that field studies on areas of interest within the Clare Basin in Southern Ireland have been ‘extremely encouraging’ and indicated higher-than-expected prospectively. Further testing is ongoing.

Appointing of chief operating officer (4 Sept 2012)


What’s happening in Clare, in brief: Roisín Ní Ghairbhith  (14 December 2011)

 1. Gasland the documentary has bee shown in 4 locations in clare

2. Individuals from the Clare Fracking concerned Group have done stalls at Kilrush and Ballyvaughan farmers markets, A stall has also been done by them several times on shop street in galway.

3. Clare Fracking concerned have also secured a 10 minute presentation to Clare County council in their chamber at their next county council meeting on 9th of January. Aedin mcloughlin has also been asked to attend to give ashort presentation. The plan is to have a motion proposed directly after by Gabreil Keating a Fine Gael Councillor form West Clare who got it on the agenda in the first place.

4. Sub groups of Clare Fracking Concerned have formed in west Clare, East clare and North clare.

5. There is a group email list with over 50 emails who are kept up to date with what’s going on and this list have been sent a list of all the councillors in clare with their contact details asking them to ring their councillors asking them to support the motion that is to be proposed at the council meeting in January.

6. These phone calls are happening on a daily basis and copies of gaslands are being sent to some of them who have requested a copy. all 4 clare T.D.s are being asked to attend the presentation on the 9th of January also.

7 Other venues are being secured for a viewing of gasland with a discussion and distribution of info to follow straight after.

8. there has also been very uncontroversial articles in both county papers for the last 2 weeks, 2 very good letters were also printed in the paper expressing deep concerns, 1 from an individual and one from the founder of the irish seed Savers association and we have done interviews on west clare radio and one on the county radio station Clare Fm

9. we have secured a small amount of funding for the campaign and to this end we have bought a further 10 copies of Gasland and are pricing anti fracking bumper car stickers

10. we also intend to hold a county wide public meeting on fracking in Ennis in early January prior to the presentation to the council


‘ Support growing for Clare Fracking Concerned’


Support growing for anti-fracking group

People from all over the county have joined Clare Fracking Concerned, with over 90 people subscribing to the group despite it only being in its infancy.

The group was set up to look and deal with the concerns people in Clare have over the potential risks of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and to become fully informed on this method of extracting gas from shale rock and the government’s process of dealing with exploration licences. Furthermore, the group aims to empower local communities to take control of what happens in their area with regards to the possibility of fracking.

English company Enegi Oil has been granted licensing options to analyse land in West Clare with a view to fracking.

Clare Fracking Concerned chairperson Susan Griffin stated it can take one to three million gallons of water to frack a well, which can be done up to 12 times. Ms Griffin warned up to 500 chemicals  be added to water in the fracking process, which in turn can lead to contamination of drinking water supplies and surface water.

“While some extra jobs may be available during the productive life of wells, these will be given to specifically trained people, mostly brought in by companies.

“West Clare’s agriculture and tourism value could be threatened and property value in a drilling area will fall dramatically,” she said.

Clare county councillors will hear a presentation on fracking by Aiden McLoughlin, who will also propose a resolution on banning fracking in Clare on January 9 next. Councillors in County Roscommon recently passed a ban on fracking in their county. An East Clare group concerned about the environmental impact of this process will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 8pm at Whotsit’s Cafe on Main Street, Scariff.

There have been screenings of Gasland, an Oscar-nominated documentary on fracking, and information evenings in West and East Clare. Stalls have been set up in towns to get information on fracking to a wider audience and there have been a series of interviews carried in the media.

“Even just the possibility that fracking could ever be carried out in the county raised huge concerns among anyone who has ever heard of it,” said Róisín ní Ghairbhith, a group spokesperson in the North Clare area. When we learnt public consultation would only be carried out officially by the Government at a much later stage – after the oil company, Enegi Oil, would apply for a fracking licence – it was decided that we would have to take it on ourselves to inform the public.

“It is vital farmers and landowners are fully informed before they make any decisions to allow a company access or lease their land.”

Information leaflets on fracking will be sent to all houses in West Clare next week and Clare Fracking Concerned will give a 10-minute presentation at the January meeting of Clare County Council.

“We will be asking councillors to consider a proposal and vote afterwards to support a total ban on fracking in the county. Though we understand that a vote in support of a ban on fracking by the councillors does not automatically mean there will be a ban, at least we know the public representatives of the county are actually representing the public’s opinion on this issue,” added Ms Ghairbhith.

There will be a number of free screenings of Gasland and a short briefing on fracking at Keane’s Bar Carrigaholt on this Thursday at 8pm; Murphy Black’s Butter Market Café, on Wednesday next at 7pm; The Lighthouse Inn, Kilbaha on Friday, January 6 at 8pm; Kenny’s Bar, Lahinch on Sunday, January 8 at 8pm; Kildysart Hall on Friday, January 20 at 8pm and Fanny O’Dea’s, Lissycasey, on Thursday, January 26 at 8pm.

For more information, contact


Clare fracking protest group to step up campaign – (30 dec 2011)


By Ali

At the Clare County Council meeting this evening, councilors voted unanimously in favour of banning fracking in Clare. They also voted unanimously to amend the county development plan so that it is better able to deal with the threat of fracking.

The public gallery was packed with people from all over Clare, including Clare Tds Timmy Dooley and Michael McNamara.

We are delighted with this excellent result.

Total ban on fracking agreed by county council


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Councillors back fracking ban   Read the last sentence!

Link to all recent Fracking  media broadcasts at Clare fM;


Shale gas comes to Clare:

Shale gas, what can we do?


Councils call foul over Shannong bird move – (27 September 2011)