- UK government lifted a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in December 2012 and announced new regulations for mitigating seismic risk. Moratorium had been imposed since May 2011. Additional information on the moratorium, expert reports and recommendations are available here: UK Department of Energy & Climate Change, Oil and Gas: onshore exploration and production (Jan. 22, 2013)
- New shale gas report published by Members of Parliament published April 2013, The Impact of Shale Gas on Energy Markets, Seventh Report of Session 2012-13
- UK Government proposed tax breaks for shale gas development. (Oil & Gas Journal 2013).
- Island Gas and Celtique Energy have acreage positions, and Eurenergy has a concession for shale formations (World Oil 2012).
- Irish government awarded three shale exploration licenses in 2011 and the Irish Energy Minister ordered evaluation on fracking impact on the environment (Ireland Orders Investigation into Shale Gas Fracking Oct. 2011)
- Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte stated: "we need to ensure that both exploration and production - conventional or unconventional, on land or at sea - are conducted safely and on an environmentally sound basis" and expects studies to be completed in 2014. (Natural Gas Europe Apr. 2013)
Written by Anna Leonenko, Research Fellow
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center
May 1, 2013