PROTESTERS have vowed to block any attempts to use a controversial technique known as fracking to drill for natural gas.
A group from No Fracking Ireland protested outside an oil and gas summit in Dublin yesterday afternoon, saying the technology caused widespread damage to agriculture, the environment and human health.
"The problems coming from shale gas are only beginning to be understood in the US where fracking is taking place," said No Fracking Ireland's Leah Doherty.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves extracting natural gas found in deposits of shale deep beneath the surface.
The Environmental Protection Agency will soon begin a study to decide if the technique can be safely used in Ireland. Two companies have expressed an interest in drilling for shale gas in Clare and Cavan, Leitrim and Fermanagh.