Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bulgaria bans shale gas drilling with 'fracking' method

19 January 2012

Bulgaria has become the second European country after France to ban exploratory drilling for shale gas using the extraction method called "fracking".

Bread loaves symbolised nature at an anti-fracking
rally in the Bulgarian capital Sofia
Bulgarian MPs voted overwhelmingly for a ban on Wednesday, following big street protests by environmentalists.

Bulgaria has revoked a shale gas permit granted to US energy giant Chevron.

Critics say shale gas drilling can poison underground water and even cause earth tremors. Industry experts say correct drilling is safe.

Hydraulic fracking involves releasing gas trapped in rocks by pumping in water mixed with sand and chemicals at high pressure. The technique is used widely in Canada and the US.

The Bulgarian drilling ban stipulates a fine of 100m levs (£43m; $66m) for any infringements.

Last Saturday protesters rallied in several Bulgarian cities urging the government to halt drilling for shale gas.

Currently Bulgaria and many of its former communist neighbours rely heavily on imported Russian gas.

Chevron had been given a permit to prospect for shale gas in northeastern Bulgaria.

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  1. Well done to Bulgaria for protecting their beautiful country.

  2. I am from the Bulgarian region where Chevron was supposed to drill.
    We won !

    The bread actually doesn't symbolize nature...Our north-eastern region is the most productive region of the whole country. It's the bread-basket and we produce insane amounts of grain there, and lots of food as a whole. There's a huge underground fresh water lake which provides water for 2 million people.

    We are a very small country. We couldn't risk to lose our best region!

    Government officials got scared and banned Fracking !!!

    ReplyDelete is a medium for concerned citizens to express their opinions in regards to 'Fracking.' We are Representatives of Democracy. We are Fractivists. We are you.