Romania gives Chevron green light to explore shale

BUCHAREST Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:50am EDT

A Chevron gas station sign is seen in Del Mar, California, April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A Chevron gas station sign is seen in Del Mar, California, April 25, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - U.S. oil major Chevron (CVX.N) won approval to drill exploration wells for shale gas in three areas in eastern Romania, local news agency Mediafax reported on Thursday.

Romania's leftist government initially opposed shale gas when it took power in 2012 but has since became a supporter in view of potential economic benefits from any major discovery.

Mediafax said the decision was taken by the Technical Assessment Committee of the Environment protection agency of the town of Vaslui.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that Romania and its neighbors Bulgaria and Hungary could between them have 538 billion cubic meters of gas, which would be enough to cover Romania's consumption for almost 40 years.

(Reporting by Radu Marinas)

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Zornitsa wrote:
That’s the result of large-scale corruption. The “potential economic benefits” will always remain “potential”, while the damage will be real, huge and irreparable. The only ones who will benefit are the corrupt politicians and the greedy gas companies wanting to boost their share prices by making up lies of huge potentials, however brutal the consequences of fracking to local communities may be.

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