Romania to review moratorium on shale gas

Jun 22, 2012
Romanian girls holds placards reading in Romanian "NO to the shale gas exploition" (L) and "We want clean water, not contaminated" (R) during a protest near Bucharest in March 2012. Romania will review its stand on shale gas when a drilling moratorium expires in December and align itself with a future joint EU position on the controversial issue, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Friday.

Romania will review its stand on shale gas when a drilling moratorium expires in December and align itself with a future joint EU position on the controversial issue, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Friday.

"There is a moratorium (on shale gas) until December," Ponta told foreign media in Bucharest.

"After that, we plan to adopt a decision that takes into account both concerns over environment protection and the importance of for Romania," he added.

Ponta, whose Social-Democrat Party has campaigned against shale gas tapping, said time was not of the essence, since the exploration phase would not be over before 2018.

"In six years' time technology will evolve a lot and a decision will be taken at a European level regarding the dangers linked to it and the way to do away with them," he said.

"We want to be neither the only country to accept shale gas tapping nor the only one to oppose it."

Ponta's centre-left government adopted a moratorium on soon after coming to power in May, putting on hold plans by American oil giant Chevron to drill the first exploration well in the second half of 2012.

Chevron has a concession on 600,000 hectares in the Barlad area (east) and three others in the Dobroudja region (south-east), near the Bulgarian border.

Its plans sparked opposition from who insist the drilling technique, based on or 'fracking', poses serious environment and .

'Fracking' uses high pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals to crack open rock and release oil and gas trapped inside.

The technique has been banned by countries such as France and Bulgaria.

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1.4 / 5 (7) Jun 22, 2012
And here in the US, we are "fracking" the hell out of our sub-surface methane structures. I'm sure the Europeans are very happy to let us lead the way.....
1.7 / 5 (6) Jun 22, 2012
Fracking causes earthquakes, not to say about underground water pollution. Personally I do consider this way of mining a bit desperate, especially in connection to twenty years standing ignorance of cold fusion. It seems for me, the people decided to destroy and contaminate as large piece of Earth, as possible.
2 / 5 (4) Jun 23, 2012
Well fracking does kinda fracks up the earth's substructure a bit, to use a cuss word out of the original Battlestar Galactica. Caused an earthquake in Ohio of all places. However these quakes seem small, and may actually be beneficial stress relievers more than the causers of great damaging quakes. Of course we could test that by doing a LOT of frackin up the place in and around Cap du Girardeau, Missouri. ....and see if St Louis feels anything..
3 / 5 (2) Jun 23, 2012
Roumania is not really a rich country, but IS catching up. High fuel prices could derail this progress right off the track. She may have no choice, conservation or not, but to use this tech for her energy survival. Survival and health and jobs trump the 'environment' every time. Azerbaijan found this out the hard way when it had to continue the use of its Tschernobl style nuke power stations many years ago. It was either that, or face the possibility of running out of power during the cold winter and consequental possible death by freezing and exposure of hundreds of thousands of people. Russia is not now a dependable trading partner; and frequently attaches political concession strings to its supply contracts, so not only Roumania, but the rest of Europe better take heed. Germany has the most to lose, and it has been very stupid in shutting down its nuke power system in the very face of this clear and present danger. Others would call that treason! A new Hitler will too!
1 / 5 (2) Jun 23, 2012
...these quakes seem small, and may actually be beneficial stress relievers more than the causers of great damaging quake.
These quakes are indeed small - but they're opening the ways for contamination of drinking water sources (wells) with both fracking fluid, both with toxic elements (arsenic, radone) released from disintegrated rocks.
1 / 5 (2) Jun 26, 2012
Greenies - Keeping so many countries poorer.

I doubt the Germans will be leaving shale gas in the ground.


They don't leave natural gas in the ground.

not rated yet Jun 26, 2012
Greenies - Keeping so many countries poorer.

Those are mighty tough words coming from an industry shill.

You could be the taste tester for the well water after the ground water is infused with pressurized hydrolic fracking fluid.

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