UGEE Research Programme

The 24-month research programme is composed of five interlinked projects and will involve field studies (baseline monitoring of water and seismicity), as well as an extensive desk-based literature review of UGEE practices worldwide. For a detailed description of the research projects, please refer to the Terms of Reference.

No fracking will be undertaken as part of the research programme.

The research programme has been designed to produce the scientific basis, which will assist regulators – both North and South – in making an informed decision about whether it is environmentally safe to allow fracking. As well as research in Ireland, the research programme will look at and collate evidence from other countries.

The key questions the research programme needs to answer are:

  • Can UGEE projects/operations be carried out in the island of Ireland whilst also protecting the environment and human health?
  • What is ‘best environmental practice’ in relation to UGEE projects/operations?
     

Baseline Characterisation:

Impacts & Mitigation Measures:

Regulatory Framework:

 

 

Outputs of the research programme

Final Reports now available


The UGEE Joint Research Programme reports are now available for download. Click here to view the reports.


There are 11 reports published:

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

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Who is undertaking the research?

The research is being carried out by a consortium, led by the global environmental and infrastructure management firm CDM Smith Ireland Limited. The consortium includes British Geological Survey, University College Dublin, University of Ulster, AMEC, and Philip Lee Solicitors.

The UGEE JRP consortium is composed of

  • Organisations carrying the research; and
  • Organisations and independent reviewers (i.e. acting in their personal capacity) carrying out the internal review process (i.e. Quality Control) before the submission of deliverables to the UGEE JRP Steering Committee.

You can view more details on who is carrying the specific tasks of the UGEE JRP here.