Bulgarians Rise against Romania Shale Gas 'Fracking' Permit

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Bulgarians Rise against Romanian Shale Gas 'Fracking' Permit: Bulgarians Rise against Romania Shale Gas 'Fracking' Permit The moratorium on shale gas development in Bulgaria was adopted after a mass rally staged in January 2012 in Sofia. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarians in the northeastern city of Dobrich are going to stage a new wave of protest rallies against the use of the hydraulic fracturing technology in neighboring Romania.

The organizers, quoted by Standard daily, say they are going to revolt against big money and for protecting nature.

One of them, Sintiya Nedyalkova, states she is going to dedicate her entire life to the full moratorium on shale gas exploration and exploitation as it would be detrimental to the Dobrudhza region.

Just on Tuesday, Romania's Environment Protection Agency issued permits to US energy giant Chevron to explore shale gas in two blocks near the Bulgarian border.

The permits to explore shale gas deposits using the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) technology have been granted for the Constanta municipality – the blocks of Costinesti and Vama Veche, according the Romanian Environment Ministry.

The permits give green light to Chevron to conduct controlled explosions at a depth of 10 and 15 meters on an area of 1 800 square kilometers.

The fracking technology is a thorny issue in many countries, including the US, and has been banned in some.

Bulgarians, particularly those in Southern Dobrudza, have harbored fears that if the Romanian moratorium is lifted, the technology will for sure affect Bulgarian regions close to the Bulgarian-Romanian border and will destroy the soil, poison the waters, and depopulate the region.

The Bulgarian Parliament adopted on January 18, 2012, an indefinite moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. Thus, Bulgaria became the second EU country to ban test drilling for shale gas using the method. The decision followed a wave of environmental protests.

On January 17, 2012, the Bulgarian government revoked a shale gas exploration permit granted to Chevron for deposits in Northeastern Bulgaria, citing the insufficient proof of the environmental safety of hydraulic fracturing.

The village of Vama Veche is right on the Bulgarian-Romanian border.

Dobrich has seen a number of protests already against shale gas exploration, both in Romania and Bulgaria

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sa-sha - 14 May 2013 // 09:42:55

"The pros vastly outweigh the cons"?.....;-)...The soap bubbles look very attractive until they burst...


Ivanko - 13 May 2013 // 20:32:30

Yes, and then you read the comments :

" squishycommander 3 weeks ago

I'll answer your questions...

Yes, it did. Yes, it did.

This is natural gas, not oil.

They have not yet destroyed our land, business here is booming, the population grew for the? first time in years, and we are making money. The pros vastly outweigh the cons.

Yane - 13 May 2013 // 19:26:01

But Sasha, think of the time you can spare with getting both water n heating at once!!! ;)


sa-sha - 13 May 2013 // 12:00:24

...."(just in the areas of shale gas EXTRACTION)", sure. Sorry.

sa-sha - 13 May 2013 // 11:49:45

Sorry to interfere, Bucharest12, but Your "This is Gazprom sponsored crap", what do You mean? Shale gas exploration (HVHF method: high volume hydraulic fracturing) is safe and quite cheap? Illusions. As for safety: Water contamination and toxic exposure are inevitable. The investigation examining HVHF practices in USA (2005-2009) found that 14 oil and gas service companies used more than 2,500 additives, containing 750 components, including 29 chemicals that are known as very
dangerous. Btw, Uranium238 was found in potable waters of Pennsylvania (just in the areas of shale gas exploration). Or Romania will implement some different from HVHF practice?
As for price: Ukrainian scientists evaluate the shale gas production cost in Ukraine at US$ 240 (as minimum) per 1,000 cubic meters. Do multiply it by-at least-two, since the shale gas calorific value/ capacity is more than two times lower than that of the Gazprom (or other supplier)' natural gas....
Do add to the above that HVHF process requires large, very large volumes of water and it may lead to destabilization, softly speaking of the local geology.....
Best to all persons with a 3 digit IQ, in brief.

Bucharest12 - 12 May 2013 // 21:09:35

Yane, I lived the day when an eastern european is more environment conscious than a brit a german a spaniard or an american... This is Gazprom sponsored crap and any person with a 3 digit IQ can figure this out. But if you are happy with the price of gas and the 93% dependence on Gazprom it is your problem. I dont care what you do in your country so dont interfere in my country's business please. And no you cant bring the "close to the border" argument as long as Kozloduy and Belene are on the border too.

Ivanko - 12 May 2013 // 19:51:26

"I'm worried about the environment of tomorrow"

Still throwing your garbage in the woods?

Or dumping your household water direct in nature?

And I can go on quite some time...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with fracking, chemicals you will start talk about are forbidden in the EU.
At the same time cheap gas can produce cheap electricity and heating. Less need of charcoal, nuclear and whatever. Big pollution causes according to people like you. And then you can actually improve environment and have cheaper energy prices at the same time and you are against it...

But yeah, you probably know better.

Yane - 12 May 2013 // 19:15:50

Romanian, you don't get it, you can't put a price on the environment, I couldn't care less how much you contribute to TODAYS economy, I'm worried about the environment of tomorrow where the future generations have to live, not everyone is as selfish as you are.

Bucharest12 - 12 May 2013 // 15:16:11

I forgot to mention Spain among the countries who allow shale gas exploration

Bucharest12 - 12 May 2013 // 15:06:47

That "shameful country" contributes significantly to your GDP through its 1,5 milion tourists to BG a year ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Bulgaria ) and even if they would spend only 300eur during their vacation it would still mean that 1% of your country's worth, or yours if you please, is made up thanks to them. I don't know who is shameful in this case.

As for shale gas in the EU Bg, France and Netherlands are against it while the UK, Germany, Ro and Poland are exploring for it. Accept the diversity

Seedy - 12 May 2013 // 07:56:21

I hate it when misleading headlines are used - I thought this report was about Fracking Roma....... ;)

bogomil - 12 May 2013 // 02:04:37

Do not ever ask a Romanian what time it is.. They will try to make a profit on their answer.. A shameful country..

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