Bulgaria sees new protests against shale gas

Enviromental conservation organisations in Bulgaria planned protests on September 24 2014 in the country’s three largest cities – Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna – against prospecting and extracting shale and coal gas.

Bulgaria’s Parliament voted in January 2012 a complete ban on shale gas extraction throughout the country and its territorial waters and at the same time, the then-government revoked a deal with Chevron on shale gas exploration.

But the conservation organisations, with the protest initiating from a group in Varna, allege that the ban exists only on paper and the state is party to breaching it.

The groups are calling for full implementation of the 2012 ban on the extraction of shale gas through the hydraulic fracking method.

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(Marcellus Shale rig and gas well operation in Scott township, Lawrence county in Pennsylvania, US. Photo: wcn247/flickr.com)