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Chevron suspends search for shale gas in northeast Romania after protests
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:37 AM EDT
Chevron says it has suspended searching for shale gas in northeast Romania following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.
The statement came after hundreds of protested Wednesday in a field where Chevron plans to launch its operation, followed by a protest in Bucharest.
Local environmentalists say pumping water and chemicals at high pressure into deep rock formations to free oil and gas could contaminate groundwater.
Local authorities say they would hold a non-binding referendum on Nov. 24 on whether to allow Chevron to explore for shale.