Fracking protest in Romania by Greenpeace
Dozens of Greenpeace campaigners chained themselves to the gates of a shale gas exploration well in Pungesti in eastern Romania, the Reuters news agency reported
They insist the use of fracking technologies could harm the environment there.
The small village of Pungesti has become a battle scene between protesters opposing US energy giant Chevron’s intention to explore for shale gas in a nearby field.
According to a recent EIA study, Romania holds 51 Tcf of technically recoverable shale gas resources. A moratorium on shale gas exploration had been in place, but expired in December 2012 without being renewed. However, public opposition against shale gas exploration remains high. Numerous protests were staged around Romania this year, and could further delay shale gas exploration projects.
Romania holds the third largest natural gas reserve in Europe, after Norway and the Netherlands