Chevron suspends shale gas exploration in Romanian county amid protests, villagers call for referendum

The US company Chevron has suspended its scheduled shale gas exploration activities in the Vaslui County after fours days running of protests from the inhabitants of a village where the prospecting works should take place and which have taken degenerated into violence last night.

“Our priority is to deploy these activities in a responsible and safe manner towards the environment, in compliance with the environment agreements under which we operate” Chevron said in a statement. The document doesn’t mention for how long works will be suspended.

Chevron had earlier removed all the drilling equipment from the village of Pungesti after villagers clashed with the gendarmes Wednesday night to prevent the workers from reaching the exploration perimeter outside the village.

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