Regulatory Framework for Environmental Protection

Best environmental practice for UGEE projects/operations would entail using the most effective techniques in achieving a high general level of protection of the environment and human health as a whole, by demonstrating strict adherence with all relevant environmental legislation. The European Commission has indicated that Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from the extractive industries applies to shale gas projects using UGEE projects/operations. As such, Article 4 of Directive 2006/21/EC places an obligation on Member States to ensure that competent authorities follow or are informed of developments in best available techniques.

This project will identify all regulatory requirements and best operational practices associated with the establishment and operation of UGEE projects/operations in an island of Ireland context.