Romanians protest against Chevron fracking plans

Apr 06, 2014
A protester against shale gas drilling in Bucharest, Romania, on April 6, 2014

Thousands took to the streets of Romania on Sunday to protest against plans by US energy giant Chevron to drill for shale gas.

"Chevron US, you can't just drop in uninvited and leave death in your wake", read some banners in Bucharest where hundreds of people gathered in the capital's University square.

Similar protests were held in dozens of towns and cities across Romania.

"Hydraulic fractures never heal", said protesters referring to the highly controversial drilling method used to unlock shale gas, called or "fracking".

"We have seen the effects of fracking on the environment in the US and we do not want the same to happen here", Alexandra Paslaru, a student said.

The technique consists of pumping water and chemicals at into deep rock formations to free oil and gas, but critics point to studies that show fracking increases the risk of contaminating drinking water.

Chevron has permits to explore for shale gas in northeastern Romania as well as on Romania's Black Sea coast.

The company says it will abide by all environmental regulations.

Despite local opposition, the company has started to build its first exploration well in the village of Pungesti.

Protesters also lashed at the government of leftist Prime minister Victor Ponta. After fighting against while in opposition, Ponta is now a supporter of this new source of energy.

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orti
1 / 5 (1) Apr 06, 2014
This just in: "In light of various unexplained events, Salem plans to re-institute the witch trials as a safety measure."
orti
1 / 5 (1) Apr 06, 2014
The right reverend Eco of the Church of the Earth stated "All will be presumed guilty until proven innocent".
mind_my_words
not rated yet Apr 07, 2014
Dear PHIS.ORG, the protest wasn't just against Chevron only, but AGAINST FRACKING! Please make a change in your article!
ScooterG
1 / 5 (1) Apr 10, 2014
With Putin's hand on the natural gas valve, these clowns should rethink their anti-fracking stance.

Maybe they figure global warming will arrive in time to save them from freezing to death.
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Apr 10, 2014
Dear PHIS.ORG, the protest wasn't just against Chevron only, but AGAINST FRACKING! Please make a change in your article!

This isn't physorg's article (Plug the first sentence of this - or any other article on physorg - into google and you'll see what I mean).
Physorg is an aggregation site.