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Chevron stops shale gas exploration in Romania

Chevron officially announced through a press communiqué that it has stopped its shale gas exploration in Romania this year, ‘Jurnalul National’ informs. The company also stated it will run a study in Constanta, this year, to avoid exploitations in areas with cultural value, cities or villages and ecological habitats. After the evaluation they will decide if the standard exploitations are in order. Likewise, Chevron announced that it has nothing against having the shale gas drilling contract declassified. In other words, Chevron is not at fault for all these problems, at fault being the ruling power that wants to keep the contract classified.On Thursday, Premier Mihai Razvan Ungureanu approved the start of shale gas drilling in three Black Sea perimeters – Vama Veche, Adamclisi and Costinesti. The contracts were approved after Premier Mihai Razvan Ungureanu met Chevron officials at the government’s headquarters. The United States ambassador took part in the talks.Shale gas drilling has been banned in several civilized countries. Specialists warn that the process results in earthquakes, desertification and long-term chemical contamination.In other developments, over 150 people gathered in University Square on Friday afternoon in order to protest against drilling for shale gas through fracking. Over 5,000 persons protested in Barlad on March 22, realitatea.net informs. Protesters asked for the project to be stopped, being of the opinion that fracking is dangerous. Chevron is still drilling for shale gas in Barlad.A campaign of collecting signatures against drilling for shale gas through fracking has started on the internet. Approximately 6,500 signatures have been collected until now and their number continues to grow, ‘Jurnalul National’ added.

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