Public Consultation



(Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction)

Opening statements, presentations, full text of the Official report, and video recording
of the committee meeting on 31 January 2017 are now available below.

The Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016 was referred to the committee by the Dáil on 27 October 2016.

The Minister refered the EPA led Joint Research Programme on the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on the Environment and Human Health to the committee on 13 December 2016.

The Joint Committee decided to undertake a detailed scrutiny (including a public consultation) of the provisions of this bill together with the EPA led Joint Research Programme on the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on the Environment and Human Health.

Suggested Questions

You are invited to read this document which contains suggested questions and firther information.

Hydraulic Fracturing Suggested Questions v3

Relevant Documents

You are invited to read the following documents:

Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016

The includes:

EPA led Joint Research Programme on the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on the Environment and Human Health

  • Integrated Synthesis Report
  • Summary Report 1: Baseline Characterisation of
    • Groundwater,
    • Surface Water and
    • Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Summary Report 2:
    • Baseline Characterisation of Seismicity
  • Summary Report 3:
    • Baseline Characterisation of Air Quality
  • Summary Report 4:
    • Impacts and Mitigation Measures
  • Summary Report 5:
    • Regulatory Framework for Environmental Protection

The full suite of documents associated with Report of the Environmental Protection Agency led Joint Research Programme can be accessed at:

Commitee Meeting 31 January 2017

 Policy issues arising from:

Witnesses invited

Parliamentary Debates Official Report Tuesday 31 January 2017 full text | video

Making Submissions

Written submissions and communications should be sent by email.

Submissions should be received not later than the closing date below at the following email address:

or by post to the address below.

The Committee will consider any suitable written submissions received and may decide to invite a number of contributors to public hearings should it be considered necessary.

Submissions and communications should only be sent to the email address above and not to individual members of the Committee.

Please note that the Clerk will ensure that all members of the Committee receive, in due course, copies of all submissions and communications received.

Format of Submissions

As a general guideline, submissions should consist of:

  • a covering letter (email or email attachment in MS Word or equivalent)
  • a main submission document (email or email attachment in MS Word or equivalent).

The covering letter should contain your name and contact details (phone number and postal address and, if available, an email address). If the submission is on behalf of an organisation, you should indicate your position in the organisation. If your submission is on behalf of another organisation, please make this clear in your letter.

The main submission document should contain the following information:

  1. Your name;
  2. A brief introduction, for example, explaining your area of expertise;
  3. Any factual information that you have to offer from which the Committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other parties for their reactions;
  4. Any recommendations to the Committee which should be as specific as possible and should be summarised at the end of the document;
  5. An executive summary of the main points made in the submission, if your document is more than 10 pages long;
  6. Whether you would be prepared to appear at a public session of the committee.

Making a submission is a public process

The Committee is not obliged to accept your document once it has been submitted, nor is it obliged to publish any or all of the submissions if it has received or accepted.

However, the operation of a parliament is a public process, and you should be aware that any submissions made to a Committee may be published either as part of a Committee report, or separately, if the Committee decides to do so.

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of submissions will be friday 10 February 2017.  Late submissions will be circulated to the committee, but there is no guarantee that they will be taken into account when the committee is considering its report.

Committee Details

Staff Details
Making Submissions and Presentations to Oireachtas Committees


Should you have any queries in relation to this matter, please email:

or contact:

The Clerk
Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Houses of the Oireachtas
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20


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