WARSAW, April 14 France's Total has
not renewed its only shale gas exploration licence in Poland, a
spokesman for Poland's environment ministry said on Monday, in
the latest decision from an oil major rethinking shale plans in
"Total had an exploration licence in eastern Poland, near
Chelm, which expired on April 1," said Pawel Mikusek, a ministry
spokesman. "They didn't renew it."
Poland launched a major push into shale three years ago when
Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced the country would seek to
produce unconventional gas on a commercial scale in 2014.
But a revision in once promising shale reserve estimates, a
lack of a legal framework and some poor initial drilling results
have prompted Marathon Oil, Talisman Energy and Exxon
Mobil to pull out of Poland.
(Reporting by Marcin Goclowski, Writing by Michael Kahn;
editing by Jason Neely)