Ireland Banned Fracking But the Shale Revolution Has Risen Up to Meet It

The Irish may, in their desire to appease environmental extremists, have banned fracking but the shale revolution has risen up to meet Ireland anyway.

A few years ago, Ireland, once the home of fierce independents, decided to go the environmental appeasement route and ban fracking. That decision, designed to quiet the usual suspects despite the mountain of eviden..., is one the Irish may well come to regret, given what the UK is about to accomplish at Lancashire and elsewhere. It looks like Ireland’s conventional natural gas supply is dwindling and American LNG will have to make up for it. The troops of the shale revolution are about to land on Ireland’s shores, in fact.

The Irish Times reports the following (emphasis added):

Ireland needs to build a terminal for importing liquid natural gas (LNG) among other measures to guarantee future energy security, a new report warns.
Natural gas provides around 30 per cent of the country’s energy, is used to generate around half of the electricity that we use, and heats around 650,000 homes.

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