'We've Made History': Ireland Joins France, Germany and Bulgaria in Banning Fracking
Ireland is set to ban onshore fracking after its Senate passed legislation on Wednesday that outlawed the controversial drilling technique. The Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016 now awaits Irish President Michael D. Higgins' signature. The president is expected to sign it into law "in the coming days." The Emerald Isle will join three other European Union member states, France, Germany and Bulgaria that have banned the practice on land.